Senior Project Advisor
Salmon, salmon hatcheries, hatchery reform
Salmon hatcheries have been in place since the late 1800s, but they are controversial parts of salmon recovery. Evidence has been found that hatcheries may be producing weaker fish and harming naturally-occurring populations. However, many of these issues can be addressed with hatchery reforms. There are also external factors to consider, such as the needs of those who depend on salmon and the loss of habitat. In the larger scheme of things, hatcheries appear to be important tools that can be utilized better in order to conserve salmon more effectively. This paper explores the hatchery controversy, from tribal rights to climate change, in order to determine if hatcheries have a place in salmon recovery and, if so, what it is.
Fong, Janine, "Salmon Against Humanity: Are Hatcheries a Part of Salmon Recovery?" (2023). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 636.
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