OLYMPIA (May 5, 2003) — The Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) released a report today that lays the groundwork for implementing a comprehensive, systematic and scientific redesign of salmon hatcheries in Puget Sound and coastal Washington. By focusing on watershed conservation and fisheries goals, scientific defensibility and adaptive management, the recommendations redefine how hatchery programs will be designed, operated and evaluated.

Members of the HSRG were joined by Washington Governor Gary Locke, U.S. Representative Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Chair Billy Frank, Jr., NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator Bob Lohn and Washington
State Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Jeff Koenings for today