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On that particular river there some very unusual circumstances that make it well suited for a hatchery.Well spotted and no I had not noted the missing fin. I think I understand why the hatchery idea is always ignored. If you have a hatchery then some people may think they can do anything you want to the river as the hatchery will always fix the problem. I think there is room for both ideas, especially for rivers that are below their numbers to allow them to restock themselves! Even if you only stock the bits of the catchment the wild fish can not reach. But we need to look after the wild ones and the environment they live in. Stop farmers dumping slurry in the rivers pretending they are putting it on the fields. Funny how they spread just before heavy rain. Unlucky I guess, as how can they tell the rain is coming.
One swallow doesn't make a summer and looking for a one size fits all solution is doomed to failure with salmon.