Monday, June 18, 2012
Elwha River Hatchery Plan Open For Public Comment
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released a draft of the Hatchery Genetic Management Plan (HGMP) for the Elwha River. The document is supposed to outline the role of hatchery supplementation in the Elwha Watershed, discuss the risks and benefits of the program and outline a plan for minimizing the conservation risks posed to ESA listed Chinook Salmon by hatchery supplementation.
They'll be accepting public comments through August 5th on the plan.
It's a big document and we will be taking the next few days to wade through it and provide some talking points. In the meantime check out this news release from WDFW's website with a link to the HGMP.