Monday, June 20, 2011

Oregon's Coastal Coho Will Remain Listed

The National Ocean Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal agency responsible for managing anadromous fish, announced last week that Oregon's coastal coho will remain listed as threatened under the ESA. The State of Oregon had petitioned for a delisting proposing instead to institute a less restrictive state-federal partnership for their recovery, but citing freshwater habitat which remains degraded and the looming threat of climate change federal managers opted to keep the fish listed. In the last several years coho on the Oregon Coast have seen increased run sizes, however the improved abundance was driven largely by favorable ocean conditions and even in excellent run years stocks remain around 10% of their historic abundance.

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