Idaho Steelhead Fisheries Notice of Availability

Public comment period will re-open. It will close on December 13, 2018.

NMFS has received a request to extend this public comment period. Extensions may only occur while the comment period is ongoing. Therefore, because the existing comment period ends on December 6, we will be reopening the comment period to accept comments until December 13. Comments received after this date may not be considered. This additional period for public comment will not affect NMFS’s overall schedule for completing our ESA review.

NMFS has received a Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan (FMEP) from the State of Idaho for its proposed management of steelhead fisheries. NMFS is making that FMEP available for public comment, pursuant to protective regulations for Pacific salmon and steelhead promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The FMEP specifies the implementation of fisheries targeting adipose-fin-clipped, hatchery-origin Snake River steelhead within the State of Idaho and in boundary waters with Oregon and Washington. 

These fisheries were designed to support fishing opportunities while minimizing potential risks to ESA-listed species.  The FMEP describes timing, location, harvest impact limits, licensing, and gear requirements, and requires that all fish caught with an intact adipose fin be released unharmed.  A variety of monitoring and evaluation is included in the FMEP.

Idaho is requesting approval of this FMEP under Limit 4 of the ESA 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead. Prior to making a determination, NMFS is providing this FMEP for public review and comment. Written comments on the application should be addressed to:

NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division,
1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97232.

Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for providing email comments is: IdahoSteelheadFisheriesPlan.wcr@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Idaho’s Snake River Steelhead Fisheries Plan.

For more information, please contact Allyson Purcell at (503) 736-4736 or allyson.purcell@noaa.gov.

Resources

IDFG Recreational Steelhead Fisheries FMEP PDF Formatted Document 871kb

Notice of Availability: Idaho recreational steelhead fisheries FMEP (83 FR 55523, November 6, 2018)