Chinook Salmon are in Crisis
Puget Sound Chinook salmon are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and show very few signs of recovery. At best, Chinook salmon populations have remained about the same size since they were listed in 1999. Many populations have had small, 1-2 percent average increases in abundance per year since the listing, but wide year-to-year variability suggests that this is not a significant trend towards recovery. While Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations are not collectively improving, there are differences among the 22 populations The Suiattle population, for example, is close to achieving its abundance recovery goal. Productivity, a measure of population growth rate, also remains low for Puget Sound Chinook.
Visit the Puget Sound Vital Signs page for more data and information on Puget Sound Vital Sign indicators, including salmon.