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Hatchery Listing Policy

Case Overview

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) adopted a policy that would require fisheries scientists to count hatchery-bred salmon along with the population of wild salmon when making endangered species assessments.


Earthjustice sued on behalf of several conservation groups and groups of fishing enthusiasts, and on June 13, 2007, a federal court agreed that the policy was scientifically flawed and inconsistent with the Endangered Species Act.

Case Updates

August 14, 2007 | Legal Document

Salmon ruling 8/14/07

Ruling that wild salmon must be counted separately from hatchery salmon when determining endangered species protections.