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June 20, 2006

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Spring Salmon Swiped: Theft of 200 chinooks closes fishing season on Icicle River

At Oregon’s Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, thieves stole 200 adult spring chinook salmon from holding pens. Now the hatchery has to make up for those fish in order to collect enough eggs for the production of 1.625-milllion smolts. So in effect, the robbers didn’t just steal some 3,000 pounds of fish from the hatchery, they stole the Icicle River’s fishing season (now closed) from sport and tribal anglers. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/othersports/2003057028_webchinook12.html


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