Route to Ocean

All Lake Washington salmon and steelhead spend a substantial part of their life in the ocean; chinook salmon spend the majority of their life in ocean waters.

Salmon in Ocean

Although we have relatively little influence over the basic productivity of the North Pacific Ocean, land use and other activities can have significant effects on very important near-shore rearing areas for young salmon in Puget Sound and beyond. Sport and commercial fishing activities in marine areas can also have a significant effect on salmon populations through directed and incidental harvest in marine areas.

Partly in response to the Washington Wild Salmonid Policy and ESA listings, state and tribal salmon harvest managers are implementing more restrictive harvest management measures to help ensure more fish return to spawn. The Cedar River Watershed HCP sockeye supplementation program provides large numbers of marked sockeye that can help support harvest managers in their efforts to properly manage the Lake Washington sockeye salmon fishery. In some years, this fishery is the largest single sport fishery in the state.

Local initiatives to better understand, protect and restore near-shore marine habitats are gaining momentum around Puget Sound. In the central Puget Sound area, local, state and federal agencies, tribes, businesses and environmental groups are partnering to address conditions in these areas. Much work remains to be done and it will be important to ensure that these crucial near-shore salmon habitats receive sufficient attention.

Contact Information

For additional information about HCP implementation, please contact:
Michele Koehler, Aquatic Resources & HCP Program Manager
(206) 733-9447
michele.koehler@seattle.gov