Hood Canal Hatchery Programs

NOAA Fisheries has made its final determination that ten hatchery management plans for salmon and steelhead programs in Hood Canal in Washington State, will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

These hatchery plans describe the propagation of ESA-listed Chinook salmon and steelhead and non-listed fall Chinook, coho, fall chum, and pink salmon into the Hood Canal region. The hatchery plans were prepared by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Skokomish Tribe, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and NOAA Fisheries. Nine of the ten programs are currently operating; the Hamma Hamma Chinook Salmon Supplementation program is expected to resume in the near future. 

These determinations support important fishing opportunities while ensuring species conservation by achieving the right mix of hatchery and natural-origin fish in-river habitats. The hatchery programs are consistent with the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan and the Hood Canal Summer Chum Salmon Recovery Plan.

The plans were submitted between November 2012 and September 2013 for review as joint state/tribal resource management plans under limit 6 of the ESA 4(d) rule for salmon and steelhead. NMFS published notice of its proposed evaluation and pending determination on the plans, and of a draft environmental assessment, for public review and comment on March 3, 2016 (81 FR 11192). During the public comment period, NMFS received comments from one commenter. None of the comments raised issues that required substantive modification of the proposed evaluation or draft environmental assessment. 

Resources

Decision memo 641kb

Biological opinion 963kb

Finding of No Significant Impact/Environmental Assessment 978kb

Federal Register notice of decision and discussion of underlying biological analysis (81 FR 87548, December 5, 2016)