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Puget Sound Recovery Region

View of Puget Sound from Pierce County shore At 16,000 square miles the Puget Sound Basin, between the Cascade and Olympic mountains in Northwest Washington, is the second largest estuary in the United States. Twenty percent of the area is land, with a diversity of farms, forests, parks, small towns, and busy cities. The remainder is freshwater, estuarine, and marine waters; over 20 major river systems and their tributary creeks drain mountain elevations of 7,000 feet or more and drop to sea level within 50 to 70 miles.

Puget Sound is home to two-thirds of the state's people. In early 2007 the Puget Sound Partnership became a state agency responsible for recovery of salmon and restoration of the Puget Sound ecosystem.

Major Factors Limiting Recovery

  • Degraded floodplain and channel structure
  • Degraded nearshore/marine and estuarine conditions
  • Riparian degradation and loss of in-river woody material
  • Degraded water quality and temperature
  • Impaired instream flows
  • Barriers to fish passage


Hatchery and Harvest Priorities

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is committed to:
  • Ensure protection of populations outlined in the salmon recovery plans to ensure protection and rebuilding on listed populations.
  • Address important hatchery and harvest reforms
  • Stabilize and provide sustainable fishing opportunities consistent with recovery.
  • Capitalize on the fact that hatchery and harvest reform increases the value of the investments made in habitat.


Recovery Plans

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Population
Human Population
Human Population: 4,093,500
Listed Fish
Listed Fish

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Organization(s)
Regional Recovery Organization
Puget Sound Partnership

Tribes
Federally Recognized Tribes
Lummi Nation
Nooksack
Stillaguamish
Jamestown S'Klallam
Muckleshoot
Nisqually
Port Gamble S'Klallam
Lower Elwha S'Klallam
Puyallup
Samish
Sauk-Suiattle
Skokomish
Squaxin Island
Stillaquamish
Suquamish
Swinomish
Tulalip
Upper Skagit
Snoqualmie

Counties