Author(s): Pete Topping, Mara Zimmerman and Lori Kishimoto
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Declining salmon populations in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in the listing of a number of Washington State salmon populations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Most listings occurred between 1997 and 1999 and impacted fisheries and land management over the entire state. In response, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) expanded its freshwater salmon production monitoring (smolt monitoring) program in order to improve understanding of the status of listed species and their production trends. During this period, monitoring projects were initiated on Lower Columbia River steelhead in Cedar Creek and Puget Sound Chinook in the Green River and the Dungeness River. The Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) has funded smolt monitoring on the Green River and Cedar Creek since 2002, and the Dungeness River since 2006. This report provides results from smolt monitoring activities that occurred on these three streams during the 2007 field season.