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Questions and Answers for 12-Month Not Warranted Findings on the Petitions to List Oregon Coast and Southern Oregon and Northern California Coastal spring-run Chinook Salmon as Threatened or Endangered

NOAA Fisheries is announcing that Oregon Coast and Southern Oregon and Northern California Coastal spring-run Chinook Salmon populations do not meet the criteria to be considered Evolutionarily Significant Units under the ESA.

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