David J. Silva: Build hatcheries to boost odds

February 27, 2014 

According to “ It’s farmers vs. fishermen” (Opinions, Feb. 23), the environmentalists want the Delta and salmon fishing to be the same as it was 200 years ago. They seem to forget that there is now 75 times more population.

There was a time when most families had cows, pigs, chickens and vegetable gardens. Now, they depend on dairies, beef cattle and farmers for their food. It is time for environmentalists to realize that change is inevitable.

The Department of Fish and Game sent me an email stating that out of the 5,000 to 6,000 eggs laid by a female salmon, only five to six will survive to reach the ocean, because of predators and water conditions. It also said that hatcheries have a much better survival rate. The environmentalists want to spend a billion dollars to reverse the San Joaquin River. Why not spend a tenth of that to build hatcheries and get 10 times the fish, which would revive the fishing industry.

I am sure that we have people who can figure out how these fish can be raised to adapt to the ocean. In other words, it is time to join the real world.


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