WSAS Project

Science of Salmon Hatcheries Review


As part of its evaluation of hatchery reform policy undertaken by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), WDFW put together a report reviewing of the science of hatchery reform, describing the benefits of hatcheries, the risks of hatcheries, and the major operational options available to hatchery mangers for balancing the benefit-risk trade-off. At the request of WDFW, WSAS engaged technical experts to 1) provide input and comments on the report outline 2) facilitate a workshop with the WDFW project team and other stakeholders (view the WSAS workshop summary here), and 3) review the penultimate draft of the report (View the committee’s comments on the WDFW’s draft report). DFW’s final report entitled, “Review of hatchery reform science in Washington State” is available on their website.

Project Details


Requested of WSAS


January – December 2019


Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Project Team

Committee (View member bios)

Larry Dalton*, Chair
University of Washington

Barry Barejikian
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Joe Cook
Washington State University

Mike Ford
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Shawn Narum
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Thomas Quinn*
University of Washington

Robin Waples*
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Peter Westley
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

James Winton*
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

*WSAS members


Donna Gerardi Riordan
Executive Director

Devon Emily Thorsell
Program Operations Manager


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