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What we know about fish populations in Hood Canal


The Hood Canal Salmon Recovery Region supports two populations of wild summer chum salmon – Hood Canal and Strait of Juan de Fuca – both listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Today, these populations of summer chum are returning to spawn in their natal rivers at levels that are considered stable. While overall Hood Canal summer chum populations are on the rebound and recovery efforts have helped stabilize the population, concerns remain for some sub-populations, particularly in support of population diversity recovery goals. The populations appear to be on the right path to recovery but additional work is needed and now is the critical time to continue to move the summer chum populations forward to be the first salmon species delisted under the Endangered Species Act.

Indicator data

Adult Fish Abundance

What does this indicator mean?

Additional recovery work is needed

While population abundance goals are being met, sub-population abundance goals for Hood Canal summer chum have not been met for six of the eight surviving sub-populations.

Juvenile Fish Abundance

What does this indicator mean?

Not Enough Data

Tracking the abundance of juvenile (young) salmon is beginning to give us some good data points. We need much more data for this region to tell whether there are trends for any of the populations.

Visit How we measure for background about this data, and our Salmon Data Portal for original source data behind the indicator charts and graphs used throughout this site.