Lower Columbia River Hatchery Reform Plan

Dec 04, 2015
WDFW seeks public comment on draft management plan through January 22, 2016.

As mitigation for impacts from hydroelectric dams and habitat losses, WDFW salmon and steelhead hatcheries have helped to sustain commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries in the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River, and its tributaries.  However, past and ongoing hatchery and harvest practices have contributed to the decline of natural-origin salmon and steelhead populations, many of which are currently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The draft Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries (CSF) Plan sets forth strategies, actions, and management practices that WDFW will use in maintaining and operating its Lower Columbia hatcheries and in managing related fisheries. The goal of the Plan is to support efforts to return natural-origin salmon and steelhead to healthy, harvestable levels in the Lower Columbia River while sustaining important fisheries.

For more information, and to review the plan, visit www.lcfrb.gen.wa.us or http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01767/. The comment period is open through January 22, 2016.

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