In 1999, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings of the Chinook salmon, summer chum, and bull trout in Puget Sound brought a growing crisis to the forefront in the Pacific Northwest. Taking action to protect salmon, Federal, state, tribal and local government, along with various industries, initiated a collaborative effort to develop a long-term plan for salmon recovery in Puget Sound.
Watershed groups across the Sound drafted recovery plans for
their areas. NOAA Fisheries Service worked with Shared Strategy
participants and the Puget Sound Technical Recovery Team to combine those
plans into a single plan for the region.
In June 2005, the Shared Strategy presented its regional plan for
Sound Chinook to NOAA. The Northwest Region then prepared
a supplement that clarified and expanded on ESA recovery requirements.
Following public comment on the proposed plan, NOAA finalized these
two documents on January 19, 2007. Together the Shared Strategy plan and NOAA Fisheries
Service supplement comprise a final recovery plan for Puget Sound completing for the first time ever in the history of the Endangered Species Act a recovery plan developed and endorsed by the community.
Sound Salmon Recovery Plan
January 19, 2007):
a user-friendly blueprint for how people across the Puget
Sound plan to recover salmon and preserve our regional
culture and quality of life. The plan responds to the
Endangered Species Act (ESA) and federal agency requirements,
describes regional, cross-watershed strategies and actions,
and summarizes the local watershed chapters. Continue »