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Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans
Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) are described in the final salmon and steelhead 4(d) rule (61kb) as a mechanism for addressing "take" of ESA-listed species that may occur as a result of artificial propagation activities. NOAA Fisheries Service uses the information provided by HGMPs to evaluate impacts on salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act. In certain situations, HGMPs will apply to evaluation and issuance of ESA Section 10 take permits. Completed HGMPs may also be used for regional fish production and management planning by federal, state and tribal resource managers.
The primary goal of an HGMP is to devise biologically-based artificial propagation management strategies that ensure the conservation and recovery of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead populations.
Specific guidance on how to use HGMPs to qualify for limitation of take prohibitions under Section 4(d), including how to apply, whether 4(d) is the most appropriate route for your plan, and what other mechanisms are available for addressing artificial propagation programs under the ESA, are in the pertinent sections of the Northwest Region's Citizen's Guide (889kb) and Implementation Binder. (611kb)
Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans currently under review