I was greatly saddened to read that the hatchery at Barnaby Reach was scheduled to be removed.
This is yet another example of the proven incorrect judgment that “the only chinook salmon is a naturally spawning salmon.”
If we ever want to succeed in reviving the Southern Resident orca, we need to supply fish year-round.
This includes the resident chinook “black mouth” salmon from hatcheries.
Migratory chinook salmon certainly help the orca food supply, but are available for only a small portion of the year.
Let's restore the salmon hatcheries.