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Lookingglass Hatchery stock euthanized to protect environment
Chinook salmon at Lookingglass Hatchery have been fighting ongoing disease
Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Nez Perce Tribe. Hatchery funding comes from a federal mitigation program for power dams on the Snake River. Spring Chinook produced for the Lostine River are jointly managed by ODFW and the Nez Perce Tribe. The decision to euthanize the Lookingglass Hatchery stock was shared among the management partners.
Bacterial Kidney Disease and IHN are naturally occurring diseases. BKD outbreaks usually are treated with antibiotics. Eddy said the unseasonably warm weather in northeast Oregon this spring was likely why the fish did not respond to treatment.
The last sport fishery for Lostine River Coho was in 1974. The state is reviewing a proposal to create a sport fishery in the Wallowa River on Lostine stock spring Chinook for this year, although the plan is not yet final. Today’s hatchery loss will not impact that decision.
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