Oregon Coast Hatcheries DEIS

Public comment period closed (as of October 26, 2016)

NOAA Fisheries made available for public review and comment its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing effects of our proposed approval of hatchery programs along the Oregon coast.  The programs are described in Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans (HGMPs) prepared by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

The draft environmental impact statement discloses potential effects, positive and negative, of releases from the hatchery programs on animal and plant species (both listed and not listed under the Endangered Species Act) and their habitats. The draft EIS was developed considering comments received during public scoping, and evaluates water quantity, socioeconomics, and environmental justice resources, and cumulative effects. The draft EIS explores and objectively evaluates a range of alternatives, including the proposed action (approval of ODFW's HGMPs). The 4 alternatives in the draft EIS include:

The plans specify the propagation of salmon, steelhead, and trout released in rivers, streams, and lakes throughout the Oregon Coast region.  The hatchery programs operate out of Cole Rivers Hatchery, Indian Hatchery, Elk Hatchery, Bandon Hatchery, Rock Hatchery (Umpqua River), Alsea Hatchery, Salmon Hatchery, Cedar Hatchery, Trask Hatchery, Nehalem Hatchery, and associated satellite facilities. The plans, in the form of Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans (HGMPs), were provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for NOAA Fisheries' evaluation and determination under Limit 5 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule for threatened salmon and steelhead, and are viewable via the link below.  The plans were made available for public review and comment on January 15, 2016 (81 FR 2197); the comment period was subsequently re-opened on February 22, 2016 (81 FR 8685).  The plans available at the link below include revisions made in response to those public comments.

For more information on this process, please contact Lance Kruzic, NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, at lance.kruzic@noaa.gov, (541) 957-3381.

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