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THESE TWO SQUAWFISH are similar-to 14 others which were allegedly stolen from the National Fish Hatchery in Arizona last November.
Federal game authorities have indicted three men in connection with the theft, which wiped out 10 years of scientific efforts to restock the
fish, an endangered species of freshwater salmon.
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP)-Three men who allegedly
stole and probably ate 14 fish from a hatchery
wiped out 10 years of scientific efforts to restock
an endangered species of fresh-water salmon, a
federal official said yesterday.
Bob Wright, special agent with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, said 14 of the 27 adult
Ptychocheilus lucius in captivity were stolen the
night of Nov. 26 from the National Fish Hatchery
at Willow Beach in northwestern Arizona.
MAKING, IT EVEN worse, 12 females were
taken, leaving only two alive. And, said Wright,
"that's not enough for a genetically divergent pool
from which to develhpa hardy population."
Steven Alan Runyon, 25; Jeffrey Alan Brown,
28, and Russell Orick Christie, 23, all from Las
Vegas, Nev., have been indicted by a federal
grand jury in connection with the incident.
They are charged with theft of government

property, interstate transportation of stolen
property, and possession of an endangered
species. Possible penalties range up to a $20,000
fine, a year in prison, or both, for each stolen fish.
THE HATCHERY, about 40 miles from Las
Vegas, is surrounded by a wire fence. Individual
breeding tanks are also fenced and under covered
sheds. The missing fish-sometime known as
squawfish-were in a 108-foot-long, clear-water
raceway that is eight feet wide and four feet deep.
The squawfish, a large game fish, long was a
staple of life for Colorado River Indian tribes, but
becameendangered-after giant dams kept the fish
from natural breeding areas.
Wright said the stolen fish "were the largest fish
in the hatchery, the ones that looked the best to
eat." He said females "are much bigger than the
males, and appear the best to eat."

WRIGHT SAID THERE was evidence that the
missing fish were eaten but he could not divulge it
pending trial of the three men.
The fish grow to a length of 17 to 25 inches.
Wright said fish scientists believe that if bred suc-
cessfully in the hatchery, the fish could replenish
itself easily if released above the dams.
"This is no little one-inch endangered species
that nobody can see in the water," he said. "These
have the potential for being of tremendous value
as food and sport fish."
They are not known to exist other than in the
Colorado and its tributaries.
The fish breed between the age of 6and 12, and
can live about 28 years, he said. The missing ones
were about 6 years old, "just approaching the best
breeding age."


Medical journals argue

BOSTON (AP) - The nation's two
major medical journals have turned
their gentlemanly rivalry into a bitter
public squabble with one accusing the
:other of suppressing the free flow of in-
formation in the medical world.
At issue is the New England Journal's
long-standing, policy of refusing to
publish studies that have been reported
elsewhere, including newspaper ar-
'ticles - based on interviews with the
THE JOURNAL OF the American
Medical Association, known as JAMA,
says that policy is "unrealistic and
eleitist." It says that because of this
"attempted information monopoly,"
doctors refuse to discuss their work
before it is published, resulting in in-

complete and inaccurate reporting of
the latest medical developments. 4
JAMA blasted the New England
Journal and its editor, Dr. Arnold
Relman, in two sharply worded
editorials published in today's issue. In
an interview, Relman responded that
the criticism was "misinformed and
The so-called "Ingelfinger Rule" is a
recurring source of controversy for the
New England Journal, generally
xregarded as America's leading Medical
journal. The policy is named for its in-
stigator, former Editor Franz
Ingelfinger, who died last March.
RELMAN DEFENDS the policy as a
way to keep researchers from releasing
inaccurate, half-baked findings to the

world. Instead, he feels, such work
should be subjected to the scrutiny of
journal editors and medical reviewers.
The JAMA editorials, written ,by
staff editors Gail McBride and Dr.
Lawrence Grouse, complain that scien-
tists are afraid to talk to reporters
about their work, even if chances are
slim that it will ever be published in the
New England Journal.
"Dr. Relman would like to call the
shots for all and say when it's all right

to report on medical information and
when it's not," JAMA wrote. "Are
clinical investigators going to continue
to allow such an unrealistic and elitist
attitude to prevail?"
JAMA Editor William R. Barclay
said in an interview that he decided to
run the editorials because the
Ingelfinger Rule was causing trouble
for reporters in JAMA's Medical News
section, a weekly digest of the top
health news.


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