New Report Finds Salmon Recovery Failing in Upper Columbia

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Salmon Jumping Up the Brooks Falls at Katmai National Park, Alaska

A new report issued by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee says Salmon throughout most of Washington are in trouble, and will need continued investment by state, federal and local organizations if they are to be saved.

“Washington State has been investing in salmon recovery for nearly two decades, and we are seeing some results,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “But we still have many challenges ahead, such as population growth and climate change. Salmon are a crucial component of our economy. Families depend on them for food and jobs. They are crucial to our identity as Washingtonians. We can’t give up on salmon recovery until they are taken off the endangered species list. Salmon are ours to save.”

The newly released State of Salmon in Watersheds report and interactive Web site show Washington’s progress in trying to recover the salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Web site provides live data from around the state and offers interactive maps to help visitors learn about salmon recovery efforts in their communities.

Some findings from the report:

  • In most of the state, salmon are below recovery goals set in federally approved recovery plans. Washington is home to 33 genetically distinct populations of salmon and steelhead, 15 of which are classified as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. Of the 15, 7 are not making progress or are declining, 6 are showing signs of progress but still below recovery goals and 2 are approaching recovery goals.