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What we know about fish populations on the coast

Strong population numbers dominate, yet…

Washington’s coast enjoys some of the best remaining habitat and strongest salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations in the state. Of the region’s 80 non-listed populations, abundance is mixed. While some Chinook and chum salmon populations have been increasing, other populations of Chinook in northern watersheds and steelhead in the south appear to be decreasing. Coho for the most part have remained steady.

Only three demographically-independent populations are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: Lake Ozette sockeye salmon and two bull trout populations. Lake Ozette sockeye numbers average about 20 percent of the recovery goal managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. No recovery goals have been set for bull trout, which are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The measures below reflect visual analysis of trends only for the three Endangered Species Act populations on the coast with sufficient data for time periods following Endangered Species Act population status assessment year.

Indicator data

Adult Abundance Summary Table
Adult Abundance Population Data

What does this indicator mean?

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.