Snohomish River Salmon Hatchery Programs

NMFS has made its final determination that implementation of six hatchery programs in the Snohomish River basin of Puget Sound, Washington state, will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Two of the programs release ESA-listed Chinook salmon, and four release non-ESA-listed coho and fall chum salmon. All of the programs are currently operating.

The hatchery plans were provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Tulalip Tribes to be considered jointly as tribal/state resource management plans. The plans were submitted between December 2012 and September 2016. 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 December 15, 2016 (81 FR 90784). During the public comment period, NMFS received one comment letter. None of the comments in the letter raised issues that required substantive modification of the proposed evaluation or environmental assessment. The comments and NMFS’ detailed responses are available below, as an appendix to the environmental assessment.

The programs are intended to produce harvestable adult salmon to support Tulalip Tribal commercial, ceremonial, and subsistence fisheries and to support non-tribal pre-terminal and terminal area fisheries. The plans include monitoring and evaluation to assess the programs' performance in meeting conservation and harvest objectives and their effects on ESA-listed Chinook salmon and steelhead. The programs are consistent with the NOAA Fisheries salmon recovery plan for the Snohomish watershed.

For more information, please contact Morgan Robinson, NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, at (360) 534-9338.

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