By Shannon Haugland
Sitka Sentinel 

Fish Conservancy sues over Columbia River salmon hatcheries


Another lawsuit with implications to Southeast Alaska commercial salmon fisheries was filed last month by the Wild Fish Conservancy, claiming that hatchery programs on the Lower Columbia River are harming the recovery of wild fish runs.

The complaint was filed April 17 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Washington state-based Wild Fish Conservancy and The Conservation Angler, based in Portland. The suit is filed against the National Marine Fisheries Service, and state biologists and fishery managers in Washington and Oregon.

Matt Donohoe, Alaska Trollers Association president, said the lawsui...

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