Washington Department of
Fish & Wildlife
Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups

Sean Williams


1995-2015 Outcomes and Accomplishments
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3,831 Salmon Projects Completed
In addition to the 856 fish passage projects, Washington State Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups have also collectively completed over 3,800 other salmon projects including revegetation, surveys, assessments, estuary restoration, research, monitoring, evaluation, nutrification evaluation, stewardship and education programs.
Photo of man holding chum salmon.
Funding chart showing RFEG funding levels and leveraged funding comparison 1997-2015.

In 2015, the RFEGs leveraged $6.90 for every state dollar.
Since 1995, the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups of Washington State have leveraged $30,697,236 of state and federal funding into an additional $196,783,983 through partnerships and collaborations with individuals, groups, corporations, agencies, tribes, and foundations.

This is a total investment in salmon restoration of $227,481,219

859 Fish Passage Projects Completed
Over 1,118 miles of salmon streams opened. Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups have removed, replaced or repaired culverts, bridges and other barriers to salmon passage creating access to spawning and rearing habitat. These projects are in cooperation and collaboration with private landowners, businesses, community organizations, foundations, tribes, and local, state and federal agencies.

Photo of river with piles of woody debris.

661 Miles of Streams Enhanced
661 miles of river and stream restoration projects have been completed, including planting, remeandering, large woody debris placement and reconstruction.

78 Million Fish Released
Since 2003, the 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, in cooperation with co-managers, have released over 78 million juvenile Chinook, coho, chum, and steelhead into the rivers and streams of Washington State.

1.6 Million Volunteer Hours Donated
Volunteers have contributed over 1,600,000 hours working toward salmon restoration across Washington State. This extraordinary effort translates to over $36,144,000 donated to salmon restoration and is the equivalent of 769 full time positions over the life of the program.


1,668,752 Carcasses Distributed
Over 1,668,752 Chinook, coho and chum carcasses have been placed back into rivers and streams to supplement nutrients to the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. These critical nutrients have been lacking due to declining salmon populations returning to the rivers.

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Photo of volunteer throowing three salmon carcasses into river.