Sport fishermen oppose salmon increase

    Valdez, Alaska (KINY) A hatchery plans to raise 270 million salmon, an increase of 20 million from last year.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported sport fishing groups are opposed to the plan.  The state approved the Solomon Gulch Hatchery proposed to raise the number of eggs.  Experts predict it will produce up to 19 million more juvenile salmon in 2019.

    While commercial fishing interests love the plan, sport fishermen worry that the hatchery fish will kill salmon stocks by taking away food.

    The sport fishermen have asked the Alaska Board of Fisheries to hold a special meeting to limit the number of eggs that are taken for Prince William Sound hatcheries.

    The hatchery argues they have not increased production since 1991.

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