Hatchery Fish May Hurt Efforts To Sustain Wild Salmon Runs

Another bit of bad news from the world of science. It seems that those hatchery raised fish aren’t all that we thought they were. I know we all thought that they were robust and great for the gene pool – turns out that’s not the case (please read this sarcastically).

ScienceDaily (June 13, 2009) — Steelhead trout that are originally bred in hatcheries are so genetically impaired that, even if they survive and reproduce in the wild, their offspring will also be significantly less successful at reproducing, according to a new study published today by researchers from Oregon State University.

read the whole article at  Science Daily: Hatchery Fish May Hurt Efforts To Sustain Wild Salmon Runs.

what say you?