Friday, May 20, 2011

Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Falling Short


Despite ambitious goals and plans to recover threatened Puget Sound Chinook, a recent report to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) found that so far the plan appears to be falling well short of its stated goals. Only about 30% of the needed funding has been secured for restoration in the Puget Sound and most populations have not seen significant recovery since the listing more than a decade ago. On the Upper Skagit, by far the ESUs most prolific producer of Chinook the ten year average abundance has been approximately 11,000. The Upper Skagit has a recovery goal of 26,000 fish. WDFW and NMFS have sought to negotiate reductions in the catch of Washington's listed chinook by Alaskan and Canadian fisheries however the majority of harvest still occurs outside of state waters. More information in an article from the Northwest Fishletter:

http://www.newsdata.com/fishletter/288/5story.html

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