Salmon Recovery

HCCC works with many partners to facilitate salmon recovery in concert with Integrated Watershed Plan goals across Hood Canal, for the sake of our salmon and our community.

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Hood Canal is home to all eight salmon and trout species in Puget Sound. Hood Canal salmon strive to survive while facing multiple changes to their natural environment, including impacts of population growth, climate change, and habitat degradation or loss.

Our focus is to fix the places salmon live so that more survive the trip to and from the ocean, and make it home to spawn in our rivers.

HCCC facilitates implementation of three salmonid recovery plans, including summer chum salmon, Skokomish River and Mid-Hood Canal Chapters of the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan, and the Hood Canal Chapter of the Puget Sound Steelhead Recovery Plan.

Priority recovery plan strategies include:

  • Ensuring the long-term protection of priority salmon habitats
  • Restoring natal estuaries, streams, and streamside areas
  • Integrating partner actions and programs, such as county critical areas ordinances and co-managed hatchery management plans

Hood Canal is a uniquely important home to summer chum salmon.

There are two independent populations of summer chum salmon: Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Hood Canal. These populations were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1999. As the Regional Recovery Organization for ESA-listed summer chum salmon in Hood Canal, HCCC is responsible for developing the recovery plan and coordinating its implementation among local, state, and federal governments, tribes, and citizens.

Learn about summer chum recovery in Hood Canal

HCCC is also the designated “Lead Entity” for the Hood Canal watershed within the Puget Sound Recovery Region for Chinook and steelhead, both of which are also listed as threatened under the ESA, as well as Hood Canal summer chum. This dual responsibility provides the council with the resources to help coordinate the organizations involved with implementing the salmon recovery plans and foster the implementation of habitat improvement actions.

Track our progress toward Salmon Recovery at »

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Collaborative Salmon Recovery Forums

HCCC Salmon Recovery Forum

The HCCC Salmon Recovery Forum convenes salmon experts and stakeholders in the region to inform HCCC’s salmon recovery efforts. To sign up to receive Salmon Recovery Forum emails, contact


The Chumsortium formed in 2011 when local organizations and individuals recognized the need to coordinate and work collaboratively to recover wild salmon in eastern Jefferson County. This partnership has contributed to the rebound of Hood Canal and Strait of Juan de Fuca summer chum. To meet the ultimate recovery goal of healthy populations for generations to come, these collaborative endeavors and others like them must continue. 

Skokomish Watershed Action Team

The Skokomish Watershed Action Team is a diverse, informal partnership of governments, land managers, and others working collaboratively to restore a healthy Skokomish watershed. SWAT works towards common ecological and economic goals in the Skokomish River watershed through collaborative basin restoration projects. Learn more about SWAT’s mission, goals and meetings.

Scott Brewer
(360) 531-0575


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HCCC Lead Entity TAG Meeting Agenda 20190618

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HCCC LE Advisory Groups Draft Agenda 20190326


Draft agenda for HCCC Lead Entity Advisory Groups meeting

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Where We Work

HCCC works across various boundaries under its many authorities.

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