Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS – Oregon Coast Hatchery Programs

Public Comment Period Closed

Comment period closed (as of March 17, 2016)

NOAA Fisheries is obtaining information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed approval of hatchery programs along the Oregon coast.  To facilitate the public's involvement in this initial step, NOAA Fisheries invited comments from all interested parties to ensure that the full range of issues related to the hatchery programs is identified.  

Due to a request from the public based on the number of plans available for review, the period for public review and comment was re-opened.  The comment period closed on March 17, 2016. 

The plans specify the propagation of salmon, steelhead, and trout released in rivers, streams, and lakes throughout the Oregon Coast region.  The hatchery programs operate out of Cole Rivers Hatchery, Indian Hatchery, Elk Hatchery, Bandon Hatchery, Rock Hatchery (Umpqua River), Alsea Hatchery, Salmon Hatchery, Cedar Hatchery, Trask Hatchery, Nehalem Hatchery, and associated satellite facilities. The plans, in the form of Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans (HGMPs), were provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for NOAA Fisheries' evaluation and determination under Limit 5 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule for threatened salmon and steelhead

For more information on this process, please contact Lance Kruzic, NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, at, (541) 957-3381.