Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Columbia Hatchery DEIS Comments Due Nov 4th


Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Columbia River, Mitchell Act hatcheries are due no later than November 4th. The DEIS lays out a range of alternative actions to reduce the effects of hatchery supplementation on wild populations. Among the actions included in the plan are some reductions in the overall number of hatchery fish, eliminating out of basin stock transfers and nonlocal hatchery programs, the construction of weirs at the mouths of many spawning tributaries and higher performance goals for federal hatcheries. In general the plan represents a major step forward from the status quo, however not surprisingly the plan is meeting with opposition from commercial fishing and tribal fishing groups. It is essential that the public stands up for sound science and tells NMFS to adopt the strongest performance goals laid out in the plan.

Much more information in older blog posts:
http://ospreysteelheadnews.blogspot.com/2010/10/columbia-deis-needs-public-support.html
and
http://ospreysteelheadnews.blogspot.com/2010/08/hatchery-reform-feds-refocusing.html

Comment:
MitchellActEIS.nwr@noaa.gov

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