Puget Sound's famous steelhead runs are an irreplaceable treasure for the state of Washington. But they're now at risk of disappearing because of a combination of threats including dams, logging, urban sprawl and overreliance on hatcheries.
Under the Endangered Species Act, hatcheries are supposed to develop management plans that minimize the genetic harms that can arise from mixing artificially bred fish into wild populations. And NOAA is supposed to approve these plans only after a thorough review.
For years, however, NOAA has failed to meet these requirements. And now the agency is rushing the process by performing a quick "environmental assessment."
April 29, 2015 Action Alert ID# 214
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