The Shared Strategy is a groundbreaking collaborative
effort to protect and restore salmon runs across Puget Sound. Shared
Strategy engages local citizens, tribes, technical experts and
policy makers to build a practical, cost-effective recovery plan
endorsed by the people living and working in the watersheds of
The Shared Strategy is based on the conviction
- people in Puget Sound have the creativity, knowledge, and motivation
to find lasting solutions to complex ecological, economic, and
- watershed groups that represent diverse communities are essential
to the success of salmon recovery;
- effective stewardship occurs only when all levels of government
coordinate their efforts;
- the health and vitality of Puget Sound depends on timely planning
for ecosystem health and strong local and regional economies; and
- the health of salmon are an indicator of the health of our region
salmon recovery will benefit both human and natural communities.
The 5-Step Shared Strategy
- Identify what should be in a recovery plan and assess how current
efforts can support the plan.
- Set recovery targets and ranges for each watershed.
- Identify actions needed at the watershed level to meet targets.
- Determine if identified actions add up to recovery. If not, identify
- Finalize the plan and actions and commitment necessary for successful
How Shared Strategy Fits into Puget Sound
Shared Strategy is supported by NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Governor Christine Gregoire, Puget Sound Tribes, state natural resources
agencies, local governments and key non-government organizations.
Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings of the Chinook salmon, summer
chum, and bull trout in Puget Sound have brought a growing crisis
to the forefront of discussion here in the Pacific Northwest. Decades
of work have already gone into reducing salmon harvest in response
to dwindling populations. Federal, state, tribal and local government,
along with various industries, have all stepped up to the plate and
taken steps to protect salmon.
There has been an increasing concern, however, that all these salmon
recovery efforts and initiatives are operating in isolation – unaware
of other actions and efforts launched with the same laudable goals.
The need to develop comprehensive framework and collaborative strategy
becomes more important with each additional level of agency or organization
action and as the efforts move from near-term actions to a long-term
plan for recovery.