when the hatchery fish (snider creek) only make up 25% of the catch during the early season (according to the proponents of snider creek) it is not necessary. i doubt the people involved in condor restoration want to be doing captive breeding as a first resort. unfortunately, we look at fish hatcheries as a first resort in most cases and there have been very few broodstock hatchery success stories versus the massive volumes of research showing the negatives of hatchery production of salmon and steelhead. broodstock hatcheries should be a last resort, not a harvest based program. not specific to your post, but we keep hearing that we should manage some rivers for wild fish and plant the crap out of others by many in the sportfishing community. we hear that, and at the same time we continue hearing the questions of why the sol duc hatchery steelhead program was shut down. if the river with the healthiest wild run cannot be managed without hatcheries, where should we manage for wild fish?