Attention Fishermen
Sport & Commercial

The Mitchell Act funding for FY2009 is coming up for congressional vote soon. If funding is not adequate, and under the current projection it will not be, Big Creek hatchery will have to “Completely” stop production of 5.7 million Chinook salmon, Sandy Hatchery will be closed, and Bonneville will have cuts to their programs. The 5.7 million salmon that Big Creek produces alone comprises a formidable portion of Buoy 10 fishery as well as portions of other fisheries in the US and Canada. Most of you know we have the world´s largest black crested Cormorant and Caspian Tern colonies, which run rampant and unchecked here in our own Lower Columbia Estuary, and a Seal and Sea Lion population that is in a similar ecological situation. However, did you know that out of the 5.7 million Chinook released, Big Creek only say return of 3,382 ? Those are the facts from the Big Creek hatchery.

Now ruminate about this: What will happen to the dwindling rest of the lower Columbia salmon stocks now even more vulnerable to predators once they cut 5.7 million Chinook from the food chain.

If you feel the lower Columbia salmon stocks are already depleted and barely holding on to existence as is – call or write your elected officials and exhort them to ensure that Oregon´s salmon hatcheries don´t close.

Senator Gordon Smith
One World Trade Center
121 S.W. Salmon Street, Suite 1250 Portland, Or 97204
Phone: 503-326-3386

Senator Ron Wyden
1220 S.W. 3rd Avenue
Suite 585
Portland, Or 97204
Phone: 503-326-7525

Congressman David Wu
620 S.W. Main, Suite 606
Portland, Or. 97205
Phone: 503-326-2901
Toll Free-800-422-4003

Governor Kulongoski
Capitol Building
900 Court Street
Salem, Or. 97301
Phone: 503-378-4582

Senator Betsy Johnson
P.O. Box R
Scappoose, Or. 97056
Phone: 503-543-4046

Representative Brad Witt
900 Court St. NE, H-277
Salem, Or. 97301
Phone: 503-986-1431

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