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Statewide Steelhead Management Plan

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An icon of the Pacific Northwest, wild steelhead have provided important cultural and economic benefits throughout the region’s history. To help conserve and restore this important resource, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a Statewide Steelhead Management Plan that provides a framework for rebuilding wild steelhead runs throughout the state.

The statewide plan, approved in March 2008, is designed to guide state fish managers as they work with tribal co-managers and local fish-recovery groups to develop management strategies for steelhead populations in seven specific areas of the state. One of those areas is the Puget Sound region, where NOAA Fisheries listed 44 stocks for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act in May 2007.

This website provides information on the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan and its development since 2006. It also includes a scientific assessment of Washington’s current steelhead populations, fisheries and management practices. This assessment was conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) from 2004-06 to serve as a foundation for the planning effort.

Key components of the statewide plan address:

  • Natural production
  • Habitat protection and restoration
  • Fishery management
  • Artificial production
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management
  • Research
  • Outreach and education

Groups involved in advising the state in the development of the statewide plan include, but are not limited to, the Wild Steelhead Coalition, the Hatchery Scientific Review Group, Washington Trout and members of the WDFW Steelhead and Cutthroat Advisory Policy Group.