SALMON RECOVERY REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
The ESA requires the federal government to develop recovery plans for listed salmon. NOAA-Fisheries (NOAA-F) has determined that such recovery plans be developed on an Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU), or regional basis. State law also directed development of a statewide strategy to recover salmon on an ESU basis. NOAA-F has designated ESUs for different salmon species and areas. Based on this, five regional organizations have formed to coordinate development of draft ESU-level recovery plans.
Regional recovery organizations are a fundamental element of the Governor's salmon recovery strategy. All five regions that are actively engaged in developing recovery plans for listed salmonids have an organizing body that has a leadership role in the process. Local governments, tribal governments, interested organizations, and many others have seats at these regional tables and are active participants. Four of five have committed to developing a draft recovery plan for their portions of listed ESUs by June 2005, and all hope to have a final draft for submission to NOAA-Fisheries by December 2005.
PURPOSE AND ROLE OF REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
A primary purpose of regional recovery organizations is to prepare a recovery plan that gains regional consensus on measurable fish population results, integrates actions necessary in harvest, habitat and hatcheries, and gains commitments to achieve results. To do this, they will coordinate a multitude of plans across watersheds into one regional plan, and help connect local social, cultural, and economic needs and desires with science and ESA goals.A regional organization may have many roles:
BENEFITS TO APPROACH
Local decision-making for salmon recovery is an effective approach for addressing ESA. It creates a partnership between private and public interests, tribes, and all other levels of government. It encourages local interest and creativity, and tailors actions to the needs of each region of the state. Local boards can actively engage the public, make access to the process easier, and promote local economic and cultural values in the products. And, very importantly, regional (i.e., ESU scale) plans will be more readily accepted by NOAA-Fisheries as formal elements of ESA recovery plans; in other words, the work and desires of locals is more likely to be reflected in the formal recovery plans adopted by the federal agencies because of the regional processes that are underway.
Salmon Recovery RegionsAreas with Salmon, Trout, or Steelhead are that Listed, proposed for Listing or have High Potential for Future Listing under the Endangered Species Act
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