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.
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.
HCCC's 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.
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.
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.
Photo by Jonathan Miske