Hood Canal Hatchery Programs - Proposed Evaluation

Review & Public Comment Period

Comment period closed (as of April 4, 2016)

NOAA Fisheries released for public comment our proposed evaluation and pending determination document for ten management plans for salmon and steelhead programs in Hood Canal in Washington State. NOAA Fisheries also provided a draft environmental assessment on our proposed approval of these programs.  NOAA Fisheries solicited comments from the public on both documents, available below.

The hatchery programs release ESA-listed Chinook salmon and steelhead and non-listed fall Chinook, coho, fall chum, and pink salmon into the Hood Canal region. The hatchery plans were prepared by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Skokomish Tribe, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. NOAA Fisheries’ pending determination is that activities implemented under the ten plans as proposed would not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead, and therefore take prohibitions would not apply to activities implemented in accordance with the ten plans.

NOAA Fisheries will take into account any comments received in its decision as to whether and how to proceed with the consideration of these plans.

For more information, see the Federal Register notice, below.

 Documents made available for public review