Hatchery Production Shift Allows Higher Value Harvest Above Bonneville, Less Spill

To spill, or not to spill?

That’s no longer a question following a “landmark” agreement now in place that involves moving part of the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery’s fall chinook salmon tule production elsewhere. Reducing numbers there eliminates the need for early juvenile releases that have, year after year, prompted debates about providing spill passage at the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam.

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