Snake River fall Chinook salmon hatcheries

NMFS has issued two enhancement permits pursuant to Endangered Species Act (ESA) section 10(a)(1)(A) for hatchery operations rearing and releasing Snake River fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River basin of Idaho. The permits were issued to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Nez Perce Tribe (NPT), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The programs are intended to contribute to the survival and recovery of Snake River Fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River basin, and to responsibly enhance fishing opportunity on hatchery-origin returns.

The hatchery programs, which are currently operating, would continue to take ESA-listed adult and juvenile salmon and steelhead annually and are consistent with NMFS’ Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan and Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon and Snake River Basin Steelhead Recovery Plan. NMFS worked with co-managers to ensure that these hatchery programs do not jeopardize the continued existence of ESA-listed species.

For more information, please contact Natasha Preston at (503) 231-2178 or by e-mail at natasha.preston@noaa.gov.

Resources

Biological opinion PDF Formatted Document 1.9 MB

Permit 16607-2R PDF Formatted Document 503 kb

Permit 16615-2R PDF Formatted Document 160 kb

Notice of Receipt of Application

Application: Proposed Action for Snake River Fall Chinook - April 2018 PDF Formatted Document 892kb

Current Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans

Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Application (83 FR 25650, June 4, 2018