NE Oregon/SE Washington Chinook Hatchery Programs

NOAA Fisheries has issued six (6) Endangered Species Act (ESA) permits for hatchery operations in the Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington tributaries of the lower Snake River (see Resources, below).  The six permits were issued pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA, which permits hatchery programs intended to enhance the propagation and survival of an ESA-listed species.  The programs propagate Chinook salmon in the Snake River spring Chinook salmon Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU).  The programs incorporate natural-origin returns into broodstock.  

The hatchery programs are intended to:

The six programs are described in separate Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan (HGMP) submitted to NMFS for review and authorization.  These HGMPs describe the programs in detail, including monitoring and evaluation to assess performance in meeting conservation and supplementation objectives and their effects on ESA-listed Chinook salmon and steelhead.  The HGMPs were submitted as applications for ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) permits in 2011 and 2012.  NMFS published notice of availability of a draft environmental assessment, for public review and comment on May 24, 2013 (78 FR 31518). During the public comment period, NMFS did not receive any comments.

Final permits were issued on October 28, 2016, to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on behalf of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and the Nez Perce Tribe (NPT), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).  The permits authorize annual take of adult and juvenile Snake River spring Chinook salmon and Snake River Basin steelhead through broodstock collection activities, hatchery operations, juvenile fish releases, and monitoring and evaluation activities associated with the operation of the hatchery programs.  The permits expire on December 31, 2027.

For more information, please contact Brett Farman, Sustainable Fisheries Division, at (503) 231-6222,