The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has been stocking Atlantic salmon for sport fishing since 1958. But no longer.
“Into the future, ODFW will focus on stocking Hosmer Lake with cutthroat trout,” reports the Bend Bulletin.
A lot of people probably had no idea the lake’s been stocked with Atlantic salmon for that long. But that’s over now, and so probably is the Atlantic salmon program at the Wizard Falls Hatchery.
Why do Americans think they can tell Canada what to do about Canadian fish?
Because there’s a little fact they don’t want to admit.
Without Canadian salmon, sockeye and other species, the Alaskan and Washington fisheries would only be about half of what they are today.
American fishermen scoop about half of the fish bound for the Skeena and Nass rivers. Washington fishermen take up to half of the Fraser sockeye run, depending on the year.
Americans depend on our fish. And Canada gets almost nothing for it.
Fish don’t respect borders so there have always been issues of Canadian fish being caught by Americans and vice-versa.
But in the past few decades Canadian cross-border catches have drastically declined while American catches have increased.
And Americans have been unwilling on numerous occasions to work with Canada on cross-boundary salmon management issues.
Is it any wonder American politicians are quick to try and tell Canada what to do about Canadian salmon? They depend on it.
Its no wonder American politicians and fishermen tried to use the latest ISA claims to try and grab more control of Canadian salmon.
They’ve been doing it for 100 years.