OMAK — Federal and tribal officials will host an meeting Tuesday on a proposal to reintroduce spring chinook salmon in the Okanogan basin.
The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Koala Street Grill, 914 Koala Ave., in Omak.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will discuss the proposal, which would release the endangered species as a “nonessential experimental population.”
That means none of the restrictions that go along with an endangered species would apply, said Lynn Hatcher, interior Columbia River recovery coordinator for NOAA Fisheries.
Hatcher said reintroducing spring chinook into streams where they are now extinct is a component of the recovery plan.
He said farmers, ranchers and sports fishermen will face no action if their activities harm the reintroduced fish.
No decisions have yet been made about whether spring chinook will be reintroduced into the basin, he said.