NOAA Fisheries Service has announced the availability of a proposed Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan for the Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) of Puget Sound Chinook Salmon. This plan consists of a locally developed recovery plan prepared by the Shared Strategy for Puget Sound and a NOAA supplement to the Shared Strategy Plan. The Shared Strategy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 to coordinate recovery planning for Puget Sound salmonids. It includes representatives of Federal, state, tribal, and local governments, business, agriculture and forestry industries, conservation and environmental groups, and local watershed planning groups.
The plan identifies factors affecting the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU, including habitat loss and degradation, harvest, hatchery production of salmon and steelhead, hydropower facility construction and operation, and ecological changes. It also describes actions intended to address all the manageable threats, and includes recovery goals and measurable criteria. As the lead agency for Chinook salmon, NOAA Fisheries Service is responsible for reviewing these locally produced recovery plans and deciding whether they should be adopted. All interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed plan. In particular, NOAA Fisheries Service is seeking comments on the following issues:
analysis of limiting factors and threats; recovery strategies and measures; criteria for removing the ESU from the Federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife; and estimates of time and cost to implement recovery actions. Send comments to: PugetSalmonPlan.firstname.lastname@example.org. The comment period closes on February 27, 2006, at 5pm Pacific time.
For more information, read the announcement or contact Elizabeth.Babcock@noaa.gov with any questions. Anyone wishing to obtain the proposed plan on a CD-ROM may request a copy from Carol.Joyce@noaa.gov.