M E D I A A D V I S O R Y
Biological Status Review
for Atlantic Salmon
NOAA Fisheries Service announces that the 2006 biological status review for Atlantic salmon populations in the U.S. is now available. The review concludes that the populations protected under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2000, called the Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon distinct population segment (DPS), should be expanded to include salmon in the Androscoggin, Kennebec, and Penobscot Rivers, as well as hatchery fish used in the recovery effort.
The biological status review was conducted by scientists from NOAA Fisheries Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission, and the Penobscot Nation. A decision about including these additional populations in the listed DPS was deferred by the two agencies during the original listing, pending collection and analysis of additional genetic data. The status review details the results and conclusions of this study effort.
The report is under review by NOAA Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These two federal agencies have joint responsibility for making decisions about protection and recovery of the Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon DPS.
For more information on the Gulf of Maine DPS of Atlantic salmon, and to view or download the new status review and notice of availability from the Federal Register, please visit our website: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/statusreviews/atlanticsalmon.pdf
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