The HSRG has completed comprehensive reviews of hatchery programs in the Puget Sound, Coastal Washington, Columbia River Basin, and Elwha River.  In addition, the HSRG has completed recent reviews of several EIS’s and Recovery Plans.

Recent Reviews

The HSRG has completed recent reviews of the Mitchell Act EIS, Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board Sustainable Fisheries Plan, Puget Sound Early Winter Steelhead DEIS, and Snake River Fall Chinook Recovery Plan.  For more information, click on these links.

Puget Sound and Coastal Washington

The HSRG worked closely with the state, tribal and federal managers of the hatchery system, with facilitation provided by the non-profit organization Long Live the Kings and the law firm Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, to successfully complete reviews of over 200 hatchery programs at more than 100 hatcheries across western Washington. That phase of the project culminated in 2004 with the publication of reports containing the HSRG’s principles for hatchery reform and recommendations for Puget Sound/Coastal Washington hatchery programs, followed by the development in 2005 of a suite of analytical tools to support application of the principles. For more information, click here.

Columbia River Basin

In 2005, Congress directed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) to replicate the project in the Lower Columbia River Basin. The scope was then expanded to include the entire Columbia River Basin, with additional funding provided by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) under the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s (NPCC) Fish and Wildlife Program. The objective of the HSRG’s Columbia River Basin review was to change the focus of the Columbia River hatchery system. In the past, hatchery programs have been aimed at supplying fish for harvest, primarily as mitigation for hydropower development in the Basin. Hatchery reform takes new, ecosystem-based approach founded on the idea that harvest goals are sustainable only if they are compatible with conservation goals. The challenge before the HSRG was to determine whether conservation and harvest goals could be met by fishery managers and, if so, how. The HSRG determined that in order to address these twin goals, both hatchery and harvest reforms are necessary. For more information, click here.

Elwha River

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) collaborated with their federal partners to develop the Elwha River Fish Restoration Plan pursuant to the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act of 1992. Building on that collaborative framework, the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) reviewed Chinook, steelhead, coho, chum, and pink salmon hatchery programs in the Elwha River. The review was structured similarly to previous HSRG reviews in Puget Sound. For more information, click here.