Gorton Report

The Gorton Science Advisory Team prepared a report for Senator Slade Gorton in 1999 that examines the potential for using hatcheries to support fisheries while simultaneously aiding recovery of natural stocks.  This report, titled The Reform of Salmon and Steelhead Hatcheries in Puget Sound and Coastal Washington to Recover Natural Stocks while Providing Fisheries, describes this process.  It requires that goals be established for each hatchery, that these programs be scientifically founded and evaluated, that independent scientists interact with agency scientists to provide direction and operational guidelines, and that the system as a whole be audited for effectiveness.