Loc: Somewhere on the planet,I hope
This is a interesting bit. The verbiage below is from a document obtained in a PDR. That is the good part but then look to the highlighted line below. So what is this? Well they changed planting locations on the Nooch directed by Oly for reasons of straying. Problem? Ah yeah and why? The Summerrun plants are a segregated stock with no spawning time crossover and frankly cannot reproduce themselves naturally. So they changed things around to reduce straying of a segregated stock that cannot reproduce naturally. ( well maybe one here and there )
If that does not make you blink then try this. Notice below the line with " from reliable sources " and what in the hell is a reliable source? When questioned staff have refused to provide who and what " reliable sources " are and the so called data used. To be honest Summerrun come in and out of the Chehalis tribs as they move around so one would expect to catch some as they move around the estuary and tidewater.
DW has and is still going after the information and data with a PDR but you know this is a poster child for how not to do things.
4. Why the change?
Summer-runs: In 2012 as directed by Fish Management, we began planting 15,000 summer-run smolts at the wynoochee trap operated by Tacoma city Light. In 2013, we suspended planting summer-runs at our Black Creek planting site. Our decision to stop planting summer-runs at black creek concerned stray rates of hatchery steelhead. Based on sport harvest of clipped summer-run steelhead on the E. Hoquiam, the Satsop river, and the Wishkah, from reliable sources, we felt that the planting site was too low in the river for good imprinting of steelhead smolts on Wynoochee river water. The black creek planting site is _3__river mile below the City of Aberdeen’s intake, which is where water is drawn for commercial water supplied to Lake Aberdeen and the Lake Aberdeen hatchery. Moving our lowest river planting site up to the ‘culvert hole’ at river mile__12_ is our attempt to reduce stray rates of hatchery steelhead.
Winter-runs: Our reasons for moving the lowest planting site for winter-runs is also based on concerns of stray rates to other rivers within the Chehalis basin, essentially the same reasons we moved the lowest planting site for the summer-runs.
Dazed and confused.............the fog is closing in