Hatchery programs at Eagle Creek were reviewed in 2007 by the Service's Pacific Region Hatchery Review Team. The review examines a hatchery's programs in an ecological, demographic, genetic context. The resulting recommendations seek to minimize the hatchery's impact on wild stocks and maximize the benefits of the hatchery fish.
As a result of this review, several changes were made at Eagle Creek:
The number of coho smolts released from the hatchery itself was reduced from 500,000 to 350,000,
The number of winter steelhead released from the hatchery was reduced from 150,000 to 90,000,
Cooperation with the Clatsop Economic Development Council (CEDC) Fisheries Project will resume in 2008 with a small group of coho presmolts transferred to this group in June.
Several spawning practices and fish culture techniques were modified such as:
All fish are now spawned in a 1:1 ratio,
The number of eggs and fish were reduced in incubators and rearing ponds,
Marking and tagging strategies will be refined to better achieve monitoring and evaluation goals