Fisheries Resources
Pacific Region

Hatchery Review Regionwide Issues, Guidelines and Recommendations (May 2013)

"Our goal is to ensure that our hatcheries are operated on the best scientific principles and contribute to sustainable fisheries and the recovery of naturally spawning populations of salmon,"

-Dan Diggs, (retired) Assistant Regional Director, Pacific Region Fishery Resources Program
Overview: In the past 150 years, habitat alterations, hydroelectric development and consumptive fisheries have impacted most of the salmon and steelhead populations in the Pacific Northwest. To mitigate for those impacts, hatcheries have been used to increase the number of fish available for harvest. However, long-term conservation needs of natural salmonid populations and their inherent genetic resources require a re-examination of the role of hatcheries in basin-wide management and conservation strategies.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) initiated a series of hatchery reviews in May 2005 to assure that its hatchery programs in the Northwest are part of a scientifically-sound and integrated strategy — consistent with State, Tribal, and other Federal strategies — for conserving wild stocks and managing fisheries in watersheds within the Region. The reviews, tailored after a successful process implemented in Puget Sound and Coastal Washington watersheds, examined 53 hatchery programs at 24 federally-owned hatcheries in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. They were completed in January 2011. The first of these reviews as a pilot in May 2006, of the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery; a spring Chinook hatchery located in the Deschutes River Basin of central Oregon.

Visit the Reports and Publications page of this website to view draft and final reports and supporting documents.

The Team: The Hatchery Review Team, comprised of Service and other federal scientists (NOAA & USGS) conducted field tours with hatchery managers and their staffs, reviewed hatchery operations, and met with the comanaging agencies and tribes to gain a clear understanding of the goals for and status of each wild and hatchery population and associated habitat and management strategies. The Review Team applied the Puget Sound and Coastal Washington Hatchery Scientific Review Group's scientific framework and hatchery review tools to develop reform recommendations for each hatchery program.

Our Method: We believe the hatchery review process developed in western Washington provided both a solid template and operational tools (e.g., software spreadsheets, population dynamic models) for reviewing Service hatcheries in the Columbia River Basin and on the Olympic Peninsula. We also have found that much of the background information necessary for reviewing Service hatcheries in the Pacific Region had already been compiled in Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans, Comprehensive Hatchery Management Plans and the Artificial Propagation Review and Evaluation (APRE) database developed by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC).

For more information about the Pacific Region Federal Hatchery review, contact Don Campton at 503-231-2386 or by e-mail at don campton


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Summary Report Look at the Hatchery Review Reports and Publications
Hatchery Review Team Meet the Hatchery Review Team
Eagle Creek NFH Check out Stakeholder News


Last updated: April 29, 2014

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