LSRCP Hatchery Reform
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) initiated a series of hatchery reviews in May 2005 to assure its hatchery programs are part of a holistic and integrated strategy, consistent with State, Tribal, and Federal strategies for conserving wild stocks and managing fisheries in watersheds within the Columbia River Basin. These reviews are tailored after a successful process recently implemented in Puget Sound and Coastal Washington watersheds.
The goal of the reviews is to ensure that FWS operated and funded hatcheries are consistent with the best scientific principles and contribute to sustainable fisheries and the recovery of naturally spawning populations of salmon.
The Hatchery Review Team, comprised of Service and other federal scientists are conducting field tours with hatchery managers and their staffs, reviewing hatchery operations, and meeting with the comanaging agencies and tribes to get a clear understanding of the goals for and status of each wild and hatchery population and associated habitat and management strategies to create reform recommendations for each hatchery program.
Click on the Links below for a final report on the LSRCP facilities. All supporting documents can be found at http://www.fws.gov/pacific/Fisheries/Hatcheryreview/reports.html
Lower Snake River Compensation Plan (LSRCP) hatcheries produce and release salmon, steelhead, and resident rainbow trout as part of the program's mitigation responsibility. Mitigation goals for the LSRCP program include returning 55,100 adult steelhead, 58,700 adult spring/summer Chinook salmon, and 18,300 fall Chinook salmon to the Snake River. To mitigate lost angler days for resident species, the LSRCP program stocks about 86,000 pounds of rainbow trout into inland lakes and ponds close to the project area.
Ten LSRCP hatcheries produced and released over 16.8 million salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout in 2002. Fourteen satellite facilities associated with the program's fish hatcheries provide opportunities for acclimation prior to release and adult trapping for spawning. LSRCP hatcheries are operated by FWS, Idaho Fish and Game Department, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.