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NOAA seeks comments on Middle Columbia River steelhead recovery plan

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73 Fed. Reg. 55045 / 73 FR 55045-55052 (Wednesday, September 24, 2008) (DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; RIN 0648-XK45; Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans; Notice of Availability; request for comments).

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If, as NOAA and the Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team believe, the decline of the Middle Columbia River steelhead DPS is caused by widespread tributary habitat degradation, impaired mainstem and tributary passage, hatchery effects, and predation/ competition/ disease, then actions taken to improve, change, mitigate, reduce those factors will result in increased survival and improvements in abundance, survival, spatial structure, and diversity.

SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability of the Proposed Middle Columbia River Steelhead Recovery Plan (Plan) for public review and comment. The Plan addresses the Middle Columbia River Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Distinct Population Segment (DPS), which spawns and rears in tributaries to the Columbia River in central and eastern Washington and Oregon. NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Proposed Plan.  

KEITHINKING: For more links to NOAA resources on the species, click here.