The National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS) is seeking comment on two major plans affecting recovery of wild salmon and steelhead on the Sandy River. Comments are due July 9, 2012 on the Environmental Assessment for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Hatchery Genetic Management Plans for releases from its hatchery on Cedar Creek.
Among other actions, the hatchery plans would continue release of 300,000 spring Chinook annually and insert sorting weirs (pictured right) for several years to reduce spawning by hatchery strays. Fish surveys since removal of Marmot dam have shown hatchery spawners to represent between 40-70% of spring Chinook, far beyond the 10% maximum goal of previous plans.
NMFS also released the Endangered Species Act Recovery Plan for salmon and steelhead in the Lower Columbia River, for which wild Sandy River fish are key populations. Comments are due July 16, 2012 on the Lower Columbia ESA Recovery Plan.