Salmon & Steelhead Hatcheries
Hatcheries, or artificial propagation, are one tool to help support wild stocks and provide fish for harvest, so long as hatchery fish are managed in the context of our overall goals for threatened or endangered fish. Hatchery intervention can also help avert, at least in the short-term, salmon and steelhead extinction. However, it is important to limit interactions between hatchery and natural-origin fish by using best hatchery practices. Based on the current scientific information, NOAA Fisheries believes that artificial breeding and rearing of salmon and steelhead is likely to result in some degree of genetic change and fitness reduction in hatchery fish and their progeny when they interbreed with fish from natural populations. Hatchery best management practices harmonize conservation goals with the implementation of treaty Indian fishing rights and other applicable laws and policies.
What We Do
Hatchery Plans and Actions currently available for Public Review and Comment
Hatchery Plans and Action previously available for comment, now pending next steps
- Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for hatcheries in the Willamette River basin, for public comment. Comment period closed January 30, 2017.
- Notice of Availability of a proposed evaluation and draft assessment for salmon hatcheries in the Snohomish basin, for public review. Comment period closed January 17, 2017.
- Notice of Availability of a proposed evaluation and draft assessment of a Tribal Plan for hatchery and harvest actions in the Okanogan River, for public review. Comment period closed December 30, 2016.
- Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Hatchery Programs on the Oregon Coast, for public review. Comment period closed October 26, 2016.
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Hatchery Programs in the Puyallup-White River Basin of Washington State. Comment period closed October 12, 2016.
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Hatchery Programs in the Nooksack River Basin. Comment period closed July 20, 2016.
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Hatchery Programs in the Duwamish-Green River basin of Washington State. Comment period closed June 3, 2016.
- Notice of Availability of updated application for section 10 permits, Methow hatchery program. Comment period closed May 18, 2016.
Hatchery Programs Currently Approved or Permitted
- Mad River Steelhead Hatchery Program
- Hood Canal Hatchery Programs
- N.E. Oregon/S.E. Washington Chinook Salmon Hatchery Programs
- Dungeness Salmon Hatchery Programs
- Five Early Winter Steelhead Hatchery Programs in Puget Sound
- Okanogan Spring Chinook Salmon - Permit 18928
- Lake Ozette Sockeye Salmon Hatchery biological opinion
- Sandy River (Oregon) Hatchery Programs
HGMP Template 140kb
Harm Rule (64 FR 60727) 31kb