RE: NANFA-- hatchery shad vs. hatchery salmon answer

Jay DeLong (
Thu, 24 Feb 2000 12:35:59 -0800

> Hatcheries which are designed to restore species
> populations, but without also working towards restoring natural
> (non-hatchery) spawning, aren't "restoring" anything but fishing
> opportunity.
> >>>
> Fair enough. I would think that anglers should have such an opportunity.
> And if one of your goals is enlarging the proportion of the
> population that
> appreciates clean streams and conserved fish habitat, then having more
> anglers and more successful anglers might suit your ends.

I mean commercial fishing. Sport fishing for shad is minute in comparison
to the hauls of commercial fisheries.

> >Pennsylvania taxpayers are footing the bill for these efforts, right?
> Extremely unlikely. More probable is that it's Pennsylvania's anglers and
> hunters who foot the bill.

I kinda doubt that. I'm sure the money raised by commercial licenses isn't
nearly adequate to fund these immensely expensive hatcheries, and besides,
sport anglers would pitch a fit if their dollars were benefiting commercial
operations :-)

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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