Regional Salmon Recovery
The federal Endangered Species Act requires the federal government to develop recovery plans for salmon determined to be at risk of extinction. In Washington state, seven regional organizations formed to develop recovery plans and coordinate implementation. Regional organizations are made up of local, state, and federal agencies; tribes; citizens; and others interested in salmon recovery.
Purpose and Roles
- Provide a forum for communities to create and sustain local goals.
- Offer technical support to local salmon recovery projects.
- Foster implementation of recovery plans.
- Evaluate salmon recovery goals and identify needed changes.
- Help integrate salmon planning and recovery activities across federal and state agencies, tribes, local governments, and citizens.
Shaping Our Own Futures: Salmon Recovery is Locally Designed and Led
Seven regional salmon recovery organizations coordinate the work of hundreds of volunteers and professionals in each watershed to implement locally crafted recovery and sustainability plans. Regional organizations are made up of local, state, and federal agencies; tribes; and citizens and coordinate their efforts through the Council of Regions.
Regional Salmon Recovery Organizations
- Hood Canal
- Lower Columbia River
- Middle Columbia River
- Northeast Washington
- Puget Sound
- Snake River
- Upper Columbia River
- Washington Coast
Council of Regions
Regional organizations coordinate their efforts through the Council of Regions.
Salmon Recovery PlansRecovery plans often include information on:
- Integration of economic, social, and cultural goals and impacts.
- Recovery actions needed in the 4Hs – habitat, hatcheries, harvest, and hydropower.
- Funding and resources needed to complete plans.
- Endangered Species Act compliance mechanisms.
- Local versus regional-scale recovery.
- Recovery plan review process.
- Implementation funding.
- Future institutional framework to continue recovery implementation.
- Lake Ozette (coast region) Sockeye Recovery Plan
- Lower Columbia River Bull Trout, Chinook, Chum, Coho, and Steelhead Recovery Plan
- Middle Columbia River Bull Trout and Steelhead Recovery Plan
- Upper Columbia River Bull Trout, Chinook, and Steelhead Recovery Plan
- Hood Canal Summer Chum Recovery Plan
- Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan
- Snake River Steelhead
What Happens Next?Regional recovery plans have been approved in all seven regions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and implementation has begun.
Salmon Recovery Data
A new online tool called the Salmon Conservation Reporting Engine (SCoRE) consolidates current information about state salmon populations, hatchery production, conservation guidelines and other aspects of salmon management in a single website. SCoRE outlines major recovery initiatives under way around the state to restore salmon habitat, restructure hatchery operations and redesign fisheries to conserve wild runs.