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Fish experts look for ways to make hatchery fish more like the wild ones

The whole point of having fish hatcheries is to preserve certain kinds of fish in the wild. But the hatchery fish are well-known for thriving in the controlled environment of the hatchery, and not faring quite as well in the wild.

Which presents issues not just for the hatchery fish, but also for their offspring if they mate with wild fish.

Oregon State University researchers are looking into ways to change the hatchery conditions to raise fish more like the wild ones.

We get a peek at the research in a visit with Professor Michael Blouin and Marc Johnson, acting director of the Oregon Hatchery Research Center.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.