Admin Measure Summary
CDFW and the USFWS ensure hatcheries develop, or continue to develop, periodically update, and implement scientifically sound Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans.
Maintaining populations of anadromous fish requires use of hatcheries. To minimize impacts of hatchery fish on genetic integrity and overall fitness of natural salmonid populations, hatcheries develop and update their hatchery and genetic management plans. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in collaboration with the designated mitigation agencies, is at various stages of developing Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) for the Central Valley anadromous fish hatcheries.
Nimbus Fish Hatchery
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) is funding the development of the Nimbus Hatchery HGMP for American River fall-run Chinook. The HGMP project management plan was completed in March 2021 followed by completion and submission of the Project Work Statement to USBR to begin contracting process in July 2021. Once the fall-run Chinook HGMP is completed, a steelhead HGMP is expected.
Feather River Hatchery
The Feather River Hatchery HGMP for spring-run Chinook was in final draft review and was concluded to be sufficient in October 2019 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) but was put on hold. In the meantime, CDFW, NMFS, and DWR have responded to comments and proposed changes. Resubmission is targeted in 2022. The fall-run HGMP will begin after completion of the spring-run HGMP.
Mokelumne River Hatchery
CDFW and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) are working on an initial draft Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery HGMP for fall-run Chinook.
San Joaquin River Restoration Hatchery SCARF
The San Joaquin River Restoration Hatchery spring-run Chinook program has an approved HGMP through 2023 and recently completed an update in 2022 and is being prepared to be submitted.
Delta Plan Strategy
Protect Native Species and Reduce the Impact of Nonnative Invasive Species
Delta Plan Recommendation
ER R8. Manage Hatcheries to Reduce Risk of Adverse Effects. All public agencies that manage hatcheries potentially affecting listed fish species should develop, or continue to develop, periodically update, and implement scientifically sound Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) to reduce risks to Central Valley natural-origin and listed species.