Federal fisheries managers finalized a 10-year plan Wednesday to bring Oregon’s coastal coho back from threat of extinction. It lays out voluntary steps federal, state and private landowners should take to ensure recovery of the species.
Under the Endangered Species Act, fish and wildlife managers are required to create recovery plans for listed species. Oregon coast coho are currently listed as “threatened.”
The plan will be used by federal agencies as guidance when making management decisions affecting the salmon’s range. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fishery division cannot use the plan to compel conservation action by states