Puget Sound Hatcheries DEIS Documents

NOAA Fisheries is making the following draft environmental impact statement (EIS) available for public review and comment. The draft EIS addresses two resource management plans (RMPs) that were submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Puget Sound Treaty Tribes (referred to as the co-managers). NOAA Fisheries invited comments and suggestions from all interested parties in the summer of 2004 and again in 2011 to ensure that the EIS considers the full range of related issues and alternatives to the proposed action.

Reviewing the draft EIS

NOAA Fisheries welcomes your comments on the draft EIS. We encourage reviewers to review the draft EIS to gain an understanding of how it is organized and how the alternatives are analyzed.  Then we ask that you carefully consider the information provided in Chapters 4 and 5 – Environmental Consequences and Cumulative Effects, respectively – and comment on how NOAA Fisheries should formulate a preferred alternative for publication in the final EIS.

For instructions on how to comment, including whom to contact at NOAA Fisheries for more information, please click here.

Resource Management Plans

The following hatchery Resource Management Plans (RMPs) are the proposed frameworks through which the co-managers would jointly manage salmon and steelhead hatchery programs in Puget Sound while also meeting key conservation objectives for fish listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Individual hatchery and genetic management plans (HGMPs) for each of the hatchery programs are appended to the plans.

We are not seeking comment on the Resource Management Plans and associated HGMPs.  These plans are provided here for informational purposes and to assist in the review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans

Chinook Salmon Hatchery & Genetic Management Plans

Non-Chinook Hatchery & Genetic Management Plans