NMFS Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Management Plan for Tribal Harvesting of Protected Anadromous Fish

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have jointly provided a resource management plan (RMP) to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted for salmon and steelhead promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Skagit River Steelhead Fishery RMP proposes to manage the harvest of natural-origin Skagit River steelhead as an independent steelhead management unit within the ESA-listed Puget Sound steelhead distinct population segment. NMFS is accepting public comments until 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on January 23, 2023.