Conservation is the Goal of Co-management

The 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington and the State of Washington co-manage salmon and steelhead resources. Co-management was established by a 1974 federal court ruling that upheld tribal treaty-reserved harvest rights.

With conservation of wild salmon the goal of co-management, fishing is allowed on healthy stocks of hatchery and naturally spawning salmon and steelhead. The co-managers try to protect weak stocks of salmon and allow fishing of healthier stocks that will not jeopardize recovery efforts.

Unfortunately, wild salmon and many steelhead populations are in ongoing decline because their habitat has been damaged.

Visit the Salmon Data Hub for more of the data behind the indicator charts and graphs used throughout this site.