It is sad that it doesn't matter that every scientist and agency is against the planting on non-native fish. We seem to still be clinging to the old idea that our rivers can no longer produce abundant wild stocks if left alone. We could never imagine how abundant the fish runs were prior to hatcheries that we can not imagine that wild fish can give us not only more fish but more harvestable fish if left to their own devices in intact habitat (like the Elwha).
Seattle Times Article
Some quotes from the article:
"Some, such as Jim Lichatowich, author of "Salmon Without Rivers,"
also see a bigger, fundamental wrongheadedness: Even using the language
of "jump-start," he said, betrays a mechanistic view of what is actually
a complex, resilient natural system, capable of recovery all on its
"The Elwha is not a dead battery," Lichatowich said."
"Scientists at every agency the tribe asked to comment on the program —
from the National Park Service to the Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife to the National Marine Fisheries Service — advised against it.
They argued that nonnative fish have no role to play in restoring native
stocks in the Elwha; they could hurt native steelhead and interbreed
with resident fish above the dams."