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Final Environmental Assessment: Snake River Basin Fall Chinook and coho salmon, and Resident Trout Fisheries
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    Snake River Basin Fall Chinook and coho salmon, and Resident Trout Fisheries
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    NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the lead agency for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as it relates to ESA-listed salmon and steelhead. On July 10, 2000, NMFS issued a final rule pursuant to ESA section 4(d) (4(d) Rule), adopting regulations necessary and advisable to conserve threatened species (50 CFR 223.203). NMFS also issued a parallel ESA 4(d) Rule for Tribal Plans (i.e., the Tribal 4(d) Rule) (65 FR 111, January 3, 2000). The 4(d) Rules apply the take prohibitions in section 9(a)(1) of the ESA to salmon and steelhead listed as threatened, and sets forth specific circumstances when the take prohibitions would not apply, known as 4(d) limits. There are 13 limits in the 4(d) rule. Limit 4 is for Fishery Management and Evaluation Plans (FMEPs) developed by the state fishery agencies. Additional information about the 4(d) rule, exemptions, and scientific concepts that NMFS uses to evaluate programs can be found at West Coast Region Fisheries. NMFS has received a joint FMEP for Snake River Basin fall Chinook salmon fisheries from Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)(IDFG 2019b), and one Tribal Resource Management Plan (TRMP) for Snake River Basin fall Chinook salmon and coho salmon fisheries (Nez Perce Tribe 2018). IDFG also submitted a coho salmon fisheries FMEP (IDFG 2019a), and ODFW is submitted an FMEP for the state’s resident trout and coho salmon fisheries (ODFW 2019). IDFG, ODFW and WDFW submitted their FMEPs under Limit 4 of the 4(d) Rule, and the Nez Perce Tribe (NPT) submitted their TRMP under the Tribal 4(d) rule.
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