Why Egg Planting?
Contributed by Rick LaRiviere
This egg planting process most closely emulates the natural process much more than any other man made, artificial means of restoring and increasing salmon numbers. The salmon produced by this egg planting process are much heartier than hatchery plants, and they learn very quickly to become predator savvy. Probably the biggest downfall for hatchery reared fish is their surface orientation due to hatchery feeding. This makes them an easy target for avian predators. Cormorants, mergansers, gulls, eagles and osprey consume a major portion of hatchery stockings. The egg planting process greatly reduces this dynamic. Naturally reared juvenile salmon are also better able to live harmoniously in the natural environment.