Effective March 23 of this year the National Marine Fisheries
Service denied Homer T. (Bud) McCrary's petition to redefine
the boundary of the Central California Coast coho salmon claiming
that the local coho were not native and were hatchery fish.
The investigation proved otherwise, turning up coho salmon
specimens from both Waddell and Scott Creeks from 1895 in
the California Academy of Science's collection. Hatchery fish
introductions began in 1906.
Reluctant to give up, McCrary is now asking that local coho
be excluded from the National Marine Fisheries Coho Recovery
Plan claiming that restoration is senseless because the fish
need hatchery supplementation due to "climate, geology,
and ocean conditions south of San Francisco," as stated
by the Central Coast Forest Association which insists the
problem has nothing to do with habitat degradation.
Fresh water habitat destruction is widely recognized by the
scientific community to be the major reason for the collapse
of salmon populations.