Hatchery Fish: The Weakest Link
What do you know? Pellet fed blobs don’t fair so well in the real world. Kinda like people… Not that...
What do you know? Pellet fed blobs don’t fair so well in the real world. Kinda like people…
Not that I really needed any hard scientific evidence to back it up but a recent story in the Winter 2009 issue of Trout Magazine and the original study done by Oregon State University in Evolutionary Applications found that the “loss of fitness – a measure of how many fish reach spawning age and successfully reproduce – can be as much as 30 percent less in one generation” for hatchery raised fish compared to their wild counterparts.
Well, Duh… Hatchery fish suck. They’re fat, weak fighters and taste like crap if you ask me. To be perfectly honest I really can’t eat them any more.
This should be a wake up call to the state and federal agencies who subscribe to the practice of propping up diminishing native fish numbers with hatchery fish and hoodwinking the public that their streams are healthy viable ecosystems.
If they keep doing this long term all we’re gonna have is pen raised nastiness and children a generation from now sitting around the campfire will ask why there’s no color, liveliness, or spunk to their “little” trout.