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In response to Dr
Gierak's comments on Mining Bill 1032 by KBC Reader
"Note from reader: The coho salmon is a federally listed
species under ESA...The Grange won a suit that said the hatchery
fish had not been considered in the listing. The judge ruled in
their favor. So now the hatchery fish are listed as well. It did
not eliminate the federal listing. Local government still has
jurisdiction over public health and safety on National Forests.
Mr. Gierak does not understand the Endangered Species
Act...Obviously the federal government can take regulatory action
on private lands if someone is taking a threatened or endangered
Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho, includes all
naturally spawned populations of coho salmon in coastal streams
from the Elk River, Oregon, through the Mattole River, California.
It also includes three artificial propagation programs: Cole River
Hatchery in the Rogue River Basin, Trinity River and Iron Gate
Hatcheries in the Klamath-Trinity River Basin. (For more
information see NW Regional Office)
Date Listed: May 6, 1997; reaffirmed June 28, 2005
Legal Status: Threatened
Northern California salmon and steelhead stocks were
recognized as at risk of extinction by the American Fisheries
Society more than a decade ago (Nehlsen et al., 1991; Higgins et
al., 1992 ). Numerous studies by NMFS have followed to determine
status and in some cases justify listing (Busby et al., 1996;
Myers et al., 1998; NMFS, 1996; NOAA, 1998). A petition to list
coho salmon was advanced to the Secretary of Commerce in 1994.
While the Secretary is directed to list species, if merited,
within a year of such a request, coho were not actually listed
as a threatened species in northwestern California until May 1997.
NMFS (2001) updated its review of coho salmon status in
northern California and found that stocks in the Central
California Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) were endangered
and "worse than indicated by previous reviews." They also found
that the Southern Oregon/North California ESU was still trending
down and likely to become endangered in the near future.
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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