For more information on hatcheries, please contact the
WDFW Fish Program.


Hatcheries Fish Production Planning:
Future Brood Document

Annual pre-season hatchery production plans for the upcoming brood year
Prepared by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Current Future Brood Document
2018 Future Brood Document (Final - August 2018)
Future Brood Document Archive
2017 Future Brood Document (Final - August 2017)
2016 Future Brood Document (Final July 2016)
2015 Future Brood Document (Final July 2015)
2014 Future Brood Document (Final July 2014)
2013 Future Brood Document (Final August 2013)
2012 Future Brood Document (Final July 2012)
2011 Future Brood Document (Final July 2011)
2010 Future Brood Document (Final August 2010)
2009 Future Brood Document (Final August 2009)
2008 Future Brood Document (Final August 2008)
2007 Future Brood Document (Final July 2007)
2006 Future Brood Document (Final July 2006)
2005 Future Brood Document (Final July 2005)
2004 Future Brood Document (Final July 2004)


The Future Brood Document (FBD) is a pre-season planning document for fish hatchery production in Washington State for the upcoming brood stock collection and fish rearing season (July 1 – June 30). The FBD is coordinated between WDFW, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC), Puget Sound, Washington Coast and Columbia River treaty tribes and United States Fish and Wildlife Service for the operation of fish hatcheries throughout the state. Hatchery production by volunteers, schools, and Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups are represented by WDFW.

The purpose of the document is to detail agreed to production goals and plans for hatcheries. The document represents goals for egg-takes, transfers, and releases. Due to various conditions affecting returning anadromous salmon and steelhead, these goals are not always achieved and may be altered in-season. After agreement, the FBD become the Current Brood Document (CBD). Changes made in-season are processed through an in-season change form and may be either permanent or one-time only.

The FBD was developed to meet several requirements, not limited to:

  • Legal Constraints
  • Mitigative Obligations
  • WDFW Goals and Objectives
  • Hatchery Scientific Review Group Recommendations
  • Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMP)
  • Benefit Risk Assessment Process (BRAP)
  • Salmonid Disease Control Policy of the Fisheries Co-managers of Washington State
  • Final Joint WDFW/Tribal Wild Salmonid Policy

The final document is produced annually each July, with draft documents distributed for review and proposals in January and May. Throughout the FBD draft process fisheries co-managers have input on change form processes, updated hatchery escapement needs, egg requests, production plans and proposed transfer of eggs and fry.

The production areas are Puget Sound including Hood Canal, Washington Coast, Columbia River, and Marine Sites.

NOTE: Marking and tagging information is subject to revision. Please contact Jill Cady 360-902-2819 or Jason Norton 360-902-2586  for updates.