2006 Biological Status Review For Atlantic Salmon Populations In The U.S.
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.
September 27, 2006