The Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Region is the largest in the state and comprises all or part of 12 counties and all or parts of 19 Water Resource Inventory Areas. The size of the region is dictated by the Puget Sound Chinook Evolutionarily Significant Unit, identified by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
- Human Population: 4,093,500
- Counties: All or parts of Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, and Clallam.
- Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs): All or parts of Nooksack (1), San Juan (2), Lower Skagit (3), Upper Skagit (4), Stillaguamish (5), Island (6), Snohomish (7), Cedar/Sammish (8), Green/Duwamish (9), Puyallup/White (10), Nisqually (11), Chambers/Clover (12), Deschutes (13), Kennedy/Goldsborough (14), Kitsap (15), Skokomish/Dosewallips (16), Quilcene/Snow (17), Elwha/Dungeness (18), Lyre/Hoko (19)
- Federally Recognized Tribes: Elwha Klallam Tribe, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Lummi Nation, Muckleshoot Tribe, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Samish Indian Nation, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Skokomish Tribe, Snoqualmie Tribes, Squaxin Island Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Suquamish Tribe, Swinomish Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe.
Regional Recovery Organization
Salmon Recovery Plan
Watershed groups across Puget Sound drafted recovery chapters for their areas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service worked with participants in the Shared Strategy for Puget Sound and the Puget Sound Technical Recovery Team to combine those chapters into a single recovery plan for the region. In June 2005, the Shared Strategy presented its regional plan for Endangered Species Act-listed Puget Sound Chinook to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which then then prepared a supplement that clarified and expanded recovery requirements. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finalized these two documents on January 19, 2007. Regional efforts now are concentrated on developing financing plans and monitoring and adaptive management components for implementation. On January 1, 2008 the Puget Sound Partnership became the regional salmon recovery organization.
Recovery Plan (as of 1/07)
- Plan timeframe: 50 years
- Estimated cost: $1.42 billion for first 10 years
- Actions to implement plan: More than 1,000
- Status: Adopted as federal recovery plan for Pget Sound Chinook salmon by National Marine Fisheries Service in January 2007.