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Judge to rule on stopping salmon release by Sandy hatchery

March 19, 2013

On Wednesday, Judge Haggerty will hear oral argument on the Native Fish Society’s request for a preliminary injunction that would bar the release of juvenile salmon and steelhead from the Sandy Hatchery into the Sandy River.  The conservation group filed suit under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) against the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service two years ago, arguing that releases from the Sandy Hatchery cause harm to native salmon and steelhead, which are protected under the ESA.  If the court grants the requested preliminary injunction, releases from the hatchery would be barred until the underlying lawsuit is heard by the Court.  The hatchery’s releases are currently scheduled to begin on Saturday.

For more information, check out the recent articles in the Oregonian: Judge to rule on Stopping Salmon Release by Sandy Hatchery and the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife News Bulletin:  Oregon, Feds, Sport Fishing Defend Sandy Hatchery Operations; ‘Propogation a Permissible Tool’

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