About Recovery Planning & Implementation Efforts in Puget Sound

Puget Sound is home to three listed salmon and steelhead species: Puget Sound Chinook, steelhead, and Hood Canal summer-run chum that historically migrated through the streams, rivers, and estuaries west of the Cascade Mountains. The landscape is significantly altered from its historical condition, and today the region includes densely populated and developed urban areas, including Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma, rich agricultural areas, and forested headwaters.

NOAA Fisheries works with a coalition of Federal, state, tribal, local, and private interests to advance recovery efforts for the three protected salmon and steelhead species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are the key Federal agencies engaged in recovery efforts with NOAA Fisheries. Together these entities work the Washington Governor's Office, Puget Sound Partnership, Puget Sound treaty tribes, state natural resources agencies, local governments, and key non-government organizations.

These entities are working to restore the habitat--including floodplain, estuarine wetlands, and nearshore environments--on which salmon depend. They are also working to implement sound harvest and hatchery practices to ensure that tribes, and recreational and commercial fishermen, are able to sustainably harvest the resource and partake in their traditional customs that are unique to this region. A robust scientific understanding of the factors limiting salmon survival and the threats they face allows recovery partners to target actions to the geographic areas and factors that will provide the greatest biological benefit to salmon.