Salmon Recovery Planning

As the Regional Recovery Organization for ESA-listed summer chum, and the Lead Entity for ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook in Hood Canal, HCCC convenes many partners and experts to develop technical guidance, advance actionable science, and prioritize actions to implement species-specific salmon recovery plans.

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Hood Canal salmon recovery addresses multiple impacts to salmon by prioritizing and addressing the most crucial impacts to salmon habitat.

Summer Chum Salmon Recovery Planning

HCCC developed the Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon Recovery Plan (Plan) in November 2005 in response to the ESA listing of summer chum. A federal supplement to the plan was issued in 2007. These two documents form the official recovery plan.

Implementation of the plan is in progress. Habitat restoration projects are being developed, designed, and implemented as part of the HCCC Lead Entity program.

Visit the Library to view Summer Chum Recovery Plan documents.

Adaptive Management of the Summer Chum Recovery Plan

A process and program are in development to address salmon recovery monitoring and adaptive management. The plan calls for annual and five-year reviews to track progress, re-evaluate its approach, and capture relevant new information. Working with the Tribal and State co-mangers and the various groups throughout the region involved in salmon recovery, the review and adaptive management process is intended to bring together all aspects of H-integration (habitat, harvest, hatcheries).

Guidance for Updating Recovery Goals (VSP Goals Paper)

This 2014 report reviews the status of the existing recovery goals of the summer chum evolutionary significant unit (ESU) and provides new analyses for updating the goals and assessing the gaps between current population performance and those goals.

Learn more about HCCC’s Guidance for Updating Recovery Goals for the Hood Canal and Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon Populations.


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Technical Guidance

Salmon Recovery Prioritization Guidance

HCCC has developed a framework to prioritize salmon recovery actions and strategies and to help guide project development.

The prioritization framework determines a prioritized set of recovery/restoration actions for salmonid stocks produced in the geographic area that encompasses the Hood Canal summer chum ESU. This geographic area includes all of the Hood Canal Basin, as well as portions of Admiralty Inlet and the Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca. As such, the geographic area encompasses all of the spawning areas for the summer chum ESU as well as for the Skokomish and Mid-Hood Canal Chinook populations, which are also listed as threatened under the ESA designation.

Learn more about HCCC’s Guidance for Prioritizing Salmonid Stocks, Issues and Actions

Hood Canal Nearshore Assessment and Prioritization

The Hood Canal Nearshore Assessment and Prioritization process is a collaborative effort to convene experts and interested parties to identify and prioritize nearshore habitat restoration and protection actions in Hood Canal. HCCC partnered with Kitsap County to develop this approach and coordinate the tasks and activities needed for the initial phase. HCCC and Kitsap County convened a workgroup comprised of nearshore practitioners and representatives from counties, tribes, federal and state agencies, and non-government organizations within Hood Canal.

The Hood Canal Nearshore Assessment and Prioritization Process Summary Report describes the workgroup process, provides a list of available and relevant data submitted to date, a list of work group members and invited parties, and recommendations for next steps.

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
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