Overview of Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Efforts

Following the listing of Puget Sound Chinook, the Shared Strategy for Puget Sound and other local partners started working to restore the population to healthy levels. Their collaborative efforts resulted in a recovery plan that is based on the biological needs of fish, including addressing the threats they face, and accounts for the economic and cultural prosperity of the region. In June 2005, the Shared Strategy presented its recovery plan for Puget Sound Chinook salmon to NOAA Fisheries. The Northwest Region adopted and expanded the recovery plan to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act. The agency's supplement was adopted in January 2007. Together the Shared Strategy's plan and NOAA Fisheries' supplement comprise the Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan.

In 2008, the Shared Strategy transferred responsibility for salmon recovery plan implementation to a new state agency, the Puget Sound Partnership. NOAA Fisheries is working closely with the Partnership, as well as federal, state, tribal, and local partners to implement the recovery plan. Under the guidance of a scientific body called the Recovery Implementation Technical Team, recovery partners are working to restore the 14 watersheds within which Puget Sound Chinook migrate and address the human and environmental threats they face.