Groups Sue to Stop Hatchery Salmon on Oregon’s Sandy River

Two wild fish advocacy groups have gone back to federal court in Portland to stop releases of juvenile salmon and steelhead from the Sandy Hatchery.

In filing the lawsuit, the Native Fish Society and McKenzie Fly Fishers rejected a state settlement offer that would have reduced releases of two species of hatchery salmon and eliminated all spring chinook releases by 2024 if they couldn’t be kept out of wild salmon spawning areas.

The groups contend the hatchery operation violates the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The suit also says the recent federal approval of hatchery operations is READ MORE

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