Puget Sound Draft Environmental Impact Statement

NOAA Fisheries has again extended the public comment period for this EIS.  Comments will now be accepted through January 23, 2015.

NOAA Fisheries has released for public review a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for two resource management plans (RMPs) that were submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Puget Sound Treaty Tribes. One resource management plan discusses hatchery programs that produce Chinook salmon. The other plan describes steelhead, coho, pink, chum, and sockeye hatchery programs. The draft EIS will be available for public comment through Friday, January 23, 2015.

The resource management plans are the proposed frameworks through which the co-managers would jointly manage salmon and steelhead hatchery programs in Puget Sound while meeting conservation requirements specified under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Individual hatchery and genetic management plans (HGMPs) for each of the hatchery programs are appended to the plans.

For more information, please contact Steve Leider at (360) 753-4650.

Guidance for Commenting

All comments must be received no later than 5pm Pacific Time, January 23, 2015.

Electronic or written comments on the draft EIS may be submitted by email, mail, or FAX to the addresses listed below.

Submit comments electronically to


Submit written comment to:

William W. Stelle, Jr.
Regional Administrator
NMFS West Coast Region
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

FAX: (206) 526-6426