Fish Harvest

The numbers of adult Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and (to a lesser extent) steelhead trout returning to the Cedar River are affected by fishery harvests that occur in marine and fresh waters. When these fish make the return trip from the Pacific Ocean they are caught in fisheries in Alaska, British Columbia, off the coasts of Washington and Oregon, in Puget Sound, and in Lake Washington.

The fish are caught in recreational fisheries, commercial fisheries, tribal and non-tribal fisheries. These fisheries are regulated through the Pacific Salmon Treaty between Canada and the United States, through the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, by Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Native American Tribes. Seattle does not have authority to regulate any fisheries.

Federal, provincial, tribal, and state laws, and many court orders affect how the fisheries are conducted. Annually, agencies, tribes, interested groups, and individuals review forecasts of the number of fish returning to various areas up and down the west coast, model the effects of possible fisheries, and propose to regulating entities various fisheries.

During the fishing seasons fisheries managers carefully monitor the abundance of the various stocks of fish and the amount of harvest. When necessary, fisheries managers will adjust the schedule of fisheries to fit the updated information.

In Puget Sound salmon fisheries are managed with the goal of allowing certain numbers of fish to successfully reproduce. These goals vary from river to river, for hatchery and wild fish, and from species to species.