Is Recovery Working?
The answer is mixed. In some areas of the state, fish are approaching abundance goals. However, in most areas of the state, fish are below their abundance goals with mixed trends from increasing to decreasing. The chart below illustrates broad trends in abundance for fish listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. “Abundance” represents the number of fish returning to spawn and is one key piece of information the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses to evaluate salmon recovery status. Additional attributes used to evaluate population status that are not shown in this report include productivity, life history, genetic diversity, and the spatial structure of the populations (i.e., where and when fish migrate and spawn). NOAA also considers threats and factors affecting the health of listed fish populations including habitat, hatcheries, harvest, and hydropower impacts.
Data Sources: The summary above is a non-statistical evaluation of adult abundance trends for wild fish and is based on data provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, tribes, and regional recovery organizations. For more detailed data about individual fish populations, visit the adult abundance data pages by region at www.stateofsalmon.wa.gov.
For detailed information about salmon population numbers, visit the State of Salmon in Watersheds Report Web site