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Oregon Coast Coho Conservation Plan

The Oregon Coast Coho Conservation Plan for the State of Oregon describes the population status and conservation plan for coho salmon in the Necanicum, Nehalem, Tillamook Bay, Nestucca, Salmon, Siletz, Yaquina, Beaver, Alsea, Siuslaw, Lower Umpqua, Middle Umpqua, North Umpqua, South Umpqua, Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, Tenmile Lake, Coos, Coquille, Flores, Sixes and some smaller ocean front tributaries and sub-basins totaling 56 populations, of which 21 are independent populations and 36 are dependent populations. The Oregon Coast Coho Conservation Plan addresses legal requirements for conservation planning under Oregon’s Native Fish Conservation Policy. Perhaps more importantly, in addition to meeting legal requirements, the plan provides an informed, strategic approach to recovery that is based on science, supported by stakeholders, built on existing efforts, and includes new recovery actions. The plan is linked to an adaptive management framework that will allow it to evolve over time with new information, including assessment of the recovery actions taken. Implementation of Oregon's conservation plan will require the contribution of federal, state, and local governments, tribes, and many organizations, groups, and citizens.

The Oregon Coast Coho Conservation Plan covers the populations of the species listed above. Oregon Coast Coho Salmon are currently listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for creating a coordinated federal recovery plan for the entire evolutionarily significant unit (ESU). This ESU is currently undergoing a status review by NMFS. Once NMFS has made their determination they may proceed to develop a federal recovery plan. ODFW will work closely with NMFS on the development and implementation of their recovery plan.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Oregon Coho Conservation Plan at its March 2007 meeting. Extensive stakeholder participation, scientific and public review, and plan revision occurred during development of the Oregon Coast Coho Conservation Plan.

Species/Units covered

  • Coastal Coho Salmon Management Unit (SMU) (equivalent to federal Oregon Coast Coho ESU)


Renee Coxen
Coastal Implementation Coordinator
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 Background Information Provided at Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Meetings (pdfs)
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