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Crapo: GAO Salmon Review Confirms Need for Improvement

by Susan Wheeler
Press Release, August 26, 2002

Oversight report requested by Senator is released today

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says a Government Accounting Office (GAO) review of federal salmon recovery actions confirms that anadromous fish recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest must rapidly improve if they are to succeed. Crapo, ranking member of the Senate subcommittee overseeing the Endangered Species Act, requested the report and received a preview of the analysis of federal anadromous fish recovery efforts that span 11 federal agencies and 65 associated groups.

Crapo has in the past proposed changes in the Endangered Species Act that improve the consultation process. He has also offered specific measures and appropriations proposals regarding anadromous fish recovery.

Crapo says the GAO report on salmon and steelhead recovery contains some key findings concerning Section 7 ESA consultation relative to the present salmon and steelhead recovery efforts. The report also contends the present federally-managed system needs much better financial accountability, and that a recovery plan must be quickly developed.

"The report shows clearly we have to spend this money much more wisely," Crapo noted. "The focus now should be on learning from past mistakes and successes and quickly deciding where we go from here to get the job done. The findings of the report confirm the need to rapidly improve the process of recovery. I will continue to work with the Bush Administration and all the federal agencies, states, tribes, and others to determine how to implement the needed changes."

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Susan Wheeler Crapo: GAO Salmon Review Confirms Need for Improvement
Press Release, August 26, 2002

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