Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) are technical documents that thoroughly describe the composition and operation of each individual hatchery program. The primary goal of an HGMP is to describe biologically-based artificial propagation management strategies that ensure the conservation and recovery of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead populations.
NOAA Fisheries Service, who oversees the ESA for salmon and steelhead, uses the information provided by HGMPs to evaluate impacts on salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act. Completed HGMPs may also be used for regional fish production and management planning by federal, state and tribal resource managers.
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