Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lower Snake Hatchery Reform


A panel of scientists have spent the last year reviewing hatchery practices on tributaries of the lower Snake and its tributaries as well as the Grande Ronde and the Imnaha Rivers. Their conclusions and recommendations will be released December 4th in a draft hatchery reform plan, and beginning December 8th there will be a month long window for the public to submit comments on the plan. There will also be a public meeting on the plan December 8th in Pendleton OR. Anyone interested in attending the meeting should RSVP to Michael Schmidt of Long Live the Kings, at 206-382-9555, ext 27 or by email at mschmidt@lltk.org.

In much of the Columbia and Snake hatchery practices may be severely limiting wild productivity, hatchery reform is a critical part of recovery and it is crucial that agencies and utilities acknowledge the full spectrum of hatchery impacts when planning for reform. We'll keep you updated and as soon as the plan is released we will provide coverage. Readers will be encouraged to submit comments.

More information on the Columbia Basin Bulletin
http://www.cbbulletin.com/366275.aspx

Pacific Region Hatchery Reform Website
http://www.fws.gov/pacific/Fisheries/Hatcheryreview/