1 Washington’s coast enjoys some of the best remaining habitat and strongest salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations in the state. The region is home to more than 50 percent of the state’s non-listed populations.
2 Abundance of these populations is mixed and while certain coho and chum populations have been increasing, some populations of Chinook and steelhead are decreasing.
1 The upper Columbia is about abundance–big rivers, big harvests, and big fish. Diverse communities, with different interests, are united by an understanding and appreciation for the role salmon play in our identity as a region.
1 Very significant salmon recovery actions have occurred through regional collaboration.
2 The largest hurdles to fish migration are gone now in Asotin Creek and the Touchet and Tucannon Rivers. Mill Creek is up next and will require U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ participation, significant levels of funding, and community support.
1 Puget Sound is home to 59 populations of Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout, all of which are listed under the Endangered Species Act, most of which continue to decline.
2 Our greatest challenge is balancing the needs of the more than 4 million people living in the Puget Sound region while also protecting critical salmon habitat.
1 Fish passage barriers are being removed and habitat in the rivers is improving thanks to restoration projects.
2 Bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout recovery is 14 years in the making.