Retention of Oregon Coast Coho ESA Listing

June 17, 2011: NOAA Fisheries today announced it is retaining the threatened Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing status of Oregon Coast coho salmon. The critical habitat designation and 4(d) regulations for Oregon coast coho done in February 2008 remain in effect.

The agency listed this population in February 2008. That listing was done quickly to meet a court-ordered deadline. In April 2009, NOAA Fisheries announced that it was initiating an ESA status review for Oregon coast coho. The new review provided time to be more deliberative, and resulted in a May 2010 proposal to retain the threatened listing.

A biological review team examined the best information available to determine Oregon coast coho's extinction risk, and concluded that the fish are at moderate risk of extinction. After considering the team's report, ESA listing factors, and efforts being made to protect the coho, NOAA Fisheries concluded that this population is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future and should retain its classification as threatened. In the status review, the agency noted that significant improvements in hatchery and harvest practices have been made for Oregon coast coho.