Snohomish River Salmon Hatchery Programs Proposed Evaluation & Draft Environmental Assessment

Review & Public Comment Period

Comment period closed (as of January 17, 2017)

NMFS prepared a proposed evaluation/pending determination and a draft environmental assessment of the effects of approving six hatchery programs in the Snohomish River basin, Puget Sound, Washington state, pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

The hatchery plans were provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Tulalip Tribes to be considered jointly as tribal/state resource management plans. The plans were submitted between December 2012 and September 2016. Two of the programs release ESA-listed Chinook salmon, and four release non-ESA-listed coho and fall chum salmon. All of the programs are currently operating.

The programs are intended to produce harvestable adult salmon to support Tulalip Tribal commercial, ceremonial, and subsistence fisheries and to support non-tribal pre-terminal and terminal area fisheries. The programs would be implemented consistent with the NOAA Fisheries salmon recovery plan for the Snohomish watershed. 

For more information, please contact Tim Tynan, NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, at (360) 753-9579.

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