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NOAA Fisheries 1/30/06
Northwest – Harvest and Hatcheries to be
Reviewed as Part of Salmon Recovery Strategy
Jim Connaughton, Chairman of the White House
Council on Environmental Quality, addressed the
day-long "Future of Wild Pacific Salmon"
conference at Oregon State University on January
25 as part of the
Salmon 2100 Project.
Mr. Connaughton called for a comprehensive and
collaborative approach to salmon recovery in the
Pacific Northwest seeking to end outdated
hatchery programs and stop harvest levels and
practices that impede recovery of wild,
endangered and threatened salmon.
Beginning this week, NOAA Fisheries Service
will launch a collaborative review of how
harvest and hatcheries – particularly federally
funded hatcheries -- are affecting the recovery
of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead. This review
will be open, thorough and independent, using a
highly-respected non-federal facilitator. It
will identify not only where hatchery programs
are impeding the recovery of salmon, but also
where there are opportunities to intelligently
employ hatcheries to increase harvest without
impeding recovery. The model for this
collaborative review will be the Hatchery
Scientific Review Panel, which advanced major
reforms in Puget Sound. This effort, and its
extension to the Columbia Basin, continues to
have strong bipartisan support in Congress.
Decisions and commitments on harvest and
hatcheries will continue to be through a network
of federal, state, tribal, and Canadian
commercial, recreational and tribal fishing.
Management of those fisheries in the
Northwest is a cooperative process involving
federal, state, tribal and Canadian
representatives. There are different
management responsibilities and mechanisms
depending on where the fishing is done and
who is doing it.
propagation is any assistance provided by
man in Pacific salmon reproduction.
Hatcheries are artificial propagation
facilities designed to produce fish for
harvest, or for escaping harvest to spawn. A
conservation hatchery differs from a
production hatchery since it specifically
tries to supplement or restore naturally
spawning salmon populations. Artificial
propagation, especially the use of
production hatcheries, has been a prominent
feature of Pacific salmon fisheries
enhancement efforts for several decades. The
recent decline of many natural populations
has prompted the development of another role
for artificial propagation: assisting in
conservation of salmon populations.