Broodstock Flaws: Science Explaining the "Why"

Broodstock Flaws: Science Explaining the "Why"

Hatchery "broodstock" programs have for about a decade been heralded by fisheries managers in the Pacific Northwest as the solution to our declining wild steelhead populations.  Broodstock steelhead are produced by removing wild steelhead from the river, harvesting their eggs or milt, then raising those offspring in the hatchery until smolthood.  (Rather than using the eggs and milt of out-of-basin stocks within the river, which is the traditional hatchery method in use on many PNW rivers).  However, five years of peer-reviewed science has begun to debunk the hype surrounding broodstock fish. Broodstock

This month saw yet another illuminating study, this one published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which showed that genetic adaptation of steelhead raised in the hatchery starts hurting spawning success within just one generation.

To read an Oregonian newspaper summary of the article, check out:

http://mobile.oregonlive.com/advorg/pm_29233/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=ewdhVm7j


Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Here's a look at 8 new fly lines for 2019. Lines

8 New Fly Lines for 2019

Fly-Fisherman

Here's a look at 8 new fly lines for 2019.

Modern methods for catching smallmouths on topwater flies. Bass

How to Catch Smallmouth Bass on Topwater Flies

Dave Karczynski and Tim Landwehr

Modern methods for catching smallmouths on topwater flies.

The fly fishing communities in the U.S. and Belize are mourning after twin slayings that occurred on what appeared to be a routine guide trip on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in a shallow lagoon near San Pedro, Brazil. Industry

Fly Fishing Community Stunned by Twin Slayings on Belize Saltwater Flat

Fly Fisherman Online Staff - June 27, 2019

The fly fishing communities in the U.S. and Belize are mourning after twin slayings that...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Bahamas - Bonefish

Bahamas - Bonefish

Conway casts for his personal best bonefish while fishing the Grand Bahama islands.

 Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Master fly tier Charlie Craven discuss the tools and materials needed to tie the Black Beauty.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Drift boats help you search through miles of river quickly and effectively. Here's the top models on the market today. Gear

Top Drift Boats of 2019

John Fedorka - April 02, 2019

Drift boats help you search through miles of river quickly and effectively. Here's the top...

George Daniels offers his advice on which types of fly-fishing leaders are best for the most common applications you'll encounter on the water. How-To

Picking the Perfect Fly-Fishing Leader

George Daniel - January 22, 2018

George Daniels offers his advice on which types of fly-fishing leaders are best for the most...

Fly-Fisherman Editor Ross Purnell shares his top five best trout fishing destinations in the world. Worldwide

5 Best Trout Fishing Spots in the World

Ross Purnell, Editor

Fly-Fisherman Editor Ross Purnell shares his top five best trout fishing destinations in the...

See More Stories

More United States

Brodhead Creek was once a tremendous brook trout fishery, and was a destination spot for anglers from all over. That all changed on August 18, 1955. United States

Fishing Historic Brodhead Creek

Ben Turpin - December 18, 2017

Brodhead Creek was once a tremendous brook trout fishery, and was a destination spot for...

 When wading for searuns choose a beach with a cobbled bottom (never a sandy bottom) and fish the United States

Searun Cutthroat of Puget Sound

Leland Miyawaki - February 01, 2018

When wading for searuns choose a beach with a cobbled bottom (never a sandy bottom) and fish...

The Upper Rio Grande: Colorado's best-kept Secret! United States

The Upper Rio Grande: Colorado's best-kept Secret

Jonathan Wright - October 09, 2017

The Upper Rio Grande: Colorado's best-kept Secret!

See More United States

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.