Thursday, October 11, 2012

Four More Days to Help Lower Columbia Steelhead

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended the comment period on the draft Lower Columbia Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) because technical problems prevented them from receiving comments sent during the first week of the comment period.

The HGMPs outline plans for hatchery management in the Lower Columbia, where wild steehead are listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Among the problems with the draft HGMPs is the fact that the department plans to continue releasing hatchery steelhead into several systems where they do not operate collection facilities. This is against the department's own policy as outlined in the Statewide Steelhead Management Plans, and all but ensures that the productivity and diversity of these vital wild steelhead populations will continue to be undermined by high numbers of hatchery origin spawners.

Please take a minute or two to submit comments, we worked with the Wild Steelhead Coalition to set up a quick and easy form for you to comment. 


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