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 currently available for Public Review and Comment
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Hatchery Programs in the Nooksack River Basin. Comment period closes 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 Hatchery Plan and draft Environmental Assessment for Mad River winter steelhead. Comment period closed May 19, 2016.
- Notice of Availability of updated application for section 10 permits, Methow hatchery program. Comment period closed May 18, 2016.
- Notice of Availability of Proposed Evaluation and draft Environmental Assessment for 10 hatchery programs in Hood Canal, Washington State. Comment period closed April 4, 2016.
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Hatchery Programs on the Oregon Coast, and availability of hatchery plans for public review. Comment period closed March 17, 2016.
Hatchery Programs Currently Approved or Permitted
HGMP Template 140kb
Harm Rule (64 FR 60727) 31kb