Washington hatchery to rely on native steelhead trout

The Columbian

A fish hatchery in Washington  has said it will stop importing steelhead trout from the Columbia River and instead rely on native fish.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife project coordinator Jim Scott said using fish from the region helps maintain genetic diversity of steelhead trout in the Skykomish River near the community of Index about 60 miles northeast of Seattle, The Daily Herald reported.

“Using local natural-origin fish limits any potential negative impacts to wild fish on the river,” Scott said. “It’s a new path forward for our steelhead programs in the region.”

The hatchery, which is co-managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Tulalip Tribes, was designed to increase the number of steelhead trout in the river.

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