Friday, February 4, 2011

Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Plan Draws Criticism


The Puget Sound Harvest plan is written jointly by WDFW and tribes in the area has drawn criticism from the Hatchery Science Review Group (HSRG) and fish advocates who say it allows too many hatchery fish to spawn and harvests too many wild fish. The plan is designed to guide harvest management for Puget Sound Chinook for the next 5 years. Chinook in the Sound are listed threatened under the ESA and large numbers of hatchery spawners and over harvest of wild fish are thought to be major factors in their decline. The plan then goes to NOAA for approval.

The plan as it is currently constructed allows for harvest rates in excess of 60% for some populations of chinook and stray rates in excess of 70% all but guaranteeing the extinction of wild chinook in Puget Sound. More information in the Columbia Basin Bulletin:
http://www.cbbulletin.com/405119.aspx

comment on the plan by February 22nd:
http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Salmon-Harvest-Hatcheries/State-Tribal-Management/PS-Chinook-RMPs.cfm

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