The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host public stakeholder meetings on the Hatchery Review Team's draft report of its review of the Columbia Gorge National Fish Hatcheries (Carson, Little White Salmon, Spring Creek and Willard facilities).
The public review draft of the Hatchery Review Team's report will be available on the team's website on Aug. 17 (http://www.fws.gov/pacific/Fisheries/Hatcheryreview).
The public meetings to discuss the review team's draft report are scheduled for:
Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn, Hood River
Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center, Vancouver.
The draft report is being prepared by a Hatchery Review Team that began an analysis of the Gorge facilities last winter. The team, comprised of scientists from the Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies, was convened by the Service's Pacific Region Fisheries Program.
The draft report includes the team's assessments, recommendations and initial co-manager comments.
The Service will accept public comments on the draft report for 30 days beginning Aug. 22.
Written comments can be sent to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Doug DeHart, Fishery Resources, 911 NE11th Avenue, Portland, Ore. 97232.
The report and the hatchery review project information can be found on the USFWS Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Project website at: http://www.fws.gov/pacific/Fisheries/Hatcheryreview
The purpose of these meetings is for the Hatchery Review Team to present an overview of the review process and details of their Columbia Gorge NFH review.
The meetings will provide the public with an opportunity to discuss the report and its draft recommendations with members of the Hatchery Review Team.
The review of the Columbia Gorge facilities is part of a three-year review process that began in October 2005 with the goal of improving salmon and steelhead hatcheries owned or operated by the Service in the Columbia River Basin, and to ensure that those facilities are best meeting conservation goals, harvest goals, tribal trust and mitigation responsibilities now and in the future.
The review will include 12 National Fish Hatcheries in the Columbia River Basin and nine additional federal hatcheries operated as part of the Lower Snake Compensation Plan.