Recovery plans for Snake River salmon, steelhead released

Posted at 10:28 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 12:28:19-05

Authorities have released recovery plans for federally-protected Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead -- with the goal of making sure each species is self-sustaining in the wild.

The plans released Tuesday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries include spring and summer chinook, fall chinook and steelhead. Authorities listed the three runs as threatened in the 1990s.

Strategies in the 366-page fall chinook plan include reintroducing them above Idaho Power's Hells Canyon Complex of hydroelectric dams.

The recovery plan for spring and summer chinook and steelhead include protecting existing tributary habitat and restoring degraded habitat.

Experts say salmon and steelhead are important as both a commercial and sport fishery, and are also important to tribes in the region that hold treaty rights concerning salmon and steelhead.

(by Keith Ridler, Associated Press)