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Manufactured Fish

Manufactured Fish

Introduced as an industrial solution to meet increasing demand amid diminishing stocks, salmon hatcheries along North America’s Pacific Northwest coast have a long and turbulent history.

How have they succeeded at expanding some salmon populations while birthing new problems for species’ sustainability? What are Indigenous people and others doing to address the imbalances?

These and related questions are investigated in this in-depth four-part series produced by Hakai Magazine and republished on The Tyee.

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In This Series

The Hatchery Crutch

The Hatchery Crutch

Wild salmon struggle from California to Alaska, despite 243 hatcheries. What did we get wrong about manufactured fish? First in a series.

Jude Isabella / 6 Jun 2022


Can We Have Too Much Pink Salmon?

Can We Have Too Much Pink Salmon?

Pumped by the billions into the North Pacific, these hatchery fish are upending marine ecosystems. Second in a series.

Miranda Weiss / 7 Jun 2022


The Hail Mary Hatcheries

The Hail Mary Hatcheries

Meet the conservationists trying to pull endangered wild salmon runs from the brink. Third in a series.

Vanessa Minke-Martin / 8 Jun 2022


Tribal Hatcheries and the Road to Restoration

Tribal Hatcheries and the Road to Restoration

How Indigenous hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest are upholding treaty rights and rehabilitating habitats.

Ashley Braun / 9 Jun 2022