You are here: home   Issues   Closing the wounds   Catch and release no good for wild ones

Catch and release no good for wild ones

Document Actions
Dear HCN,

After a brief look at a picture of Steve Stuebner (HCN, 9/24/01: Nature hits a home run for salmon), I had to feel a pang of disbelief that an old adversary of mine would do such an unnatural act. All adiposed salmon and steelhead caught in Idaho waters must be immediately released. Smolts are released from the hatcheries after the adipose fin is clipped to tell the difference. General fin deformation is also a good clue as to hatchery origin. The scar or fin ray disfigurement remains for life. A good angler knows very soon whether he has a wild fish on or a hatchery fish just by the fight. Steve should know better about handling wild fish; they should never leave the water nor be touched by human hands.

Past studies concluded a large percentage of released fish die before their life's mission. Handling a fish out of water is not good. Future studies will reveal how significant the loss to native anadromous fish is, which will determine if "jeopardy" can be endorsed by NMFS for ensuring future runs. This could lead to closures. Next time, Steve, hold a hatchery fish up for a photo op, please.

George Harrington
Lewiston, Idaho

Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. Why I am a Tea Party member |
  3. The privatization of public campground management | All the info you need to decide whether you love o...
  4. Efficiency lessons from Germany |
  5. The Latest: Interior commits to restoring bison on select lands | The “odd ungulate out” gets a tentative win.
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. A graceful gazelle becomes a pest | Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for...
  3. What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and...
  4. Plains sense | Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first pro...
  5. North Dakota wrestles with radioactive oilfield waste | Regulators look at raising the limit for radiation...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone