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NW Fishletter #387, Nov. 5, 2018

[14] Idaho Takes Over BPA-Funded Hagerman Hatchery

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has assumed operations of the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery, which raises about 1.6 million juvenile steelhead that are released annually in the upper Salmon River Basin. The hatchery had been operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with funding from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). It's one of 10 Lower Snake River Compensation Plan hatcheries funded by BPA.

In a news release, IDFG said no spawning or adult holding occurs at the Hagerman national hatchery. Eggs are collected at adult trapping facilities that are already operated by Fish and Game staff in the Salmon River Basin, and delivered to the hatchery.

The agency said that the transfer of operations will allow for greater efficiency and better integration with fisheries management and research programs. The state agency owns and operates an adjacent trout hatchery and also operates five other salmon and steelhead hatcheries that are funded by BPA as part of the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan. Three others are operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and two are operated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

All of the facilities are still owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with operations funded by Bonneville.

Jim Fredericks, Fish and Game's fisheries bureau chief, said in the release that he's confident the transition will be smooth. -K.C. Mehaffey

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