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February 14, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Puget Sound chinook management plan up for review

There is some concern brewing that the Puget Sound chinook management plan is headed in the wrong direction.

Some in the public feel that the state and the feds are ignoring both their own policy and the peer reviewed science.

In an e-mail from a reader it is believed that most think the only way they can address hatchery straying without selective harvest in the Hatchery Component (which is up for review next), will be to stop or drastically cut back hatchery production.

NOAA Fisheries has reopened the comment period for the proposed evaluation and pending determination of the Puget Sound Chinook Resource Management Plan through 5 p.m. Feb. 22.

Since 2001, NOAA Fisheries has evaluated and approved a series of resource management plans for Puget Sound fisheries.

Developed jointly by Treaty Indian Tribal of Puget Sound and state Fish and Wildlife, these plans guide management activities for salmon and steelhead that are affected by threatened Puget Sound chinook.

The latest management plans, if determined to meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, will be in effect through April 30, 2015.

For more information, call Susan Bishop at 206-526–4587. View the harvest management plan on this link.

Here are also some letters sent in relation to the Puget Sound chinook situation:

This is a letter in regards to the plan addressed to Will W. Stelle Jr., NOAA Fisheries Northwest Regional Administrator from Andrew Marks of Federal Way.

Here is another letter sent to Stelle from various groups including CCA Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound Anglers.

This letter was sent to Stelle by the Hatchery Scientific Review Group.

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