Letter: Critics of Elwha hatchery are off base
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Anyone suggesting the Elwha River hatchery plan is a bad idea lacks sense. Hatcheries for years or propagated streams forever have impacted on salmon’s diversity. This blends to a current fish that has ancestral genes and a blood line of concrete in its past.
Elwha fish are different as they went forward faster by two hatcheries in eight miles to spawn for generations. Naturally spawned but not wild.
Those rebutting this plan are off base. Introduced fish or natural fish re-creating an impure existence will fulfill what we expect and represent, the inevitable concrete is in our wild fish.
Government agencies will fail to compare to the Elwha plan by working directly against what they created: a plan that will devastate fishing and expose their worst failure that we are currently part of.
Larry R. Carey