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Nisqually Steelhead Recovery Planning

  1. 1. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Nisqually  Steelhead  Recovery  Planning   1 Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council March 2014
  2. 2. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   2 Nisqually River Watershed
  3. 3. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   The  Problem:    Nisqually  Steelhead   abundance  plummets  in  early  90’s   3
  4. 4. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   4
  5. 5. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   5
  6. 6. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Nisqually  Steelhead  Early-­‐Marine   Survival   6
  7. 7. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   7
  8. 8. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   8
  9. 9. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Nisqually  Steelhead  Recovery  Plan  Development   9 !  Funding  for  Plan:  $87,500  (thank  you  Recovery  Council)  +   NIT  match   !  Identify  Goals  and  Objectives  for  all  H’s   !  Evaluate  Steelhead  Biological  Information  and  Habitat   Conditions   !  Assess  Habitat  Potential  using  EDT   !  Identify  Restoration,  Protection,  and  Assessment  Priorities   !  Develop  Implementation/Action  Plan   !  Integrate  Steelhead  Recovery  into  existing  Nisqually   Chinook  adaptive  management  process   !  Develop  an  Open  Standards  nexus  for  integration  with   regional  plan    
  10. 10. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Nisqually  Steelhead  Recovery  Plan  Goals  and   ObjecJves   10 Goals  and  objecJves  developed  based  on  co-­‐manager   and  Nisqually  River  Council  discussions.       Include  short  and  long  term  habitat  and  harvest   metrics.   In-­‐Review….  
  11. 11. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   1st  step:  Review  current  and  historic  Nisqually  Steelhead   Biological  InformaJon  and  Nisqually  River  Habitat   CondiJons   11 Some  takeaways:   •  Hatchery  influence  has  been  minimal,  with  winter   steelhead  supplementaJon  ending  in  1981   •  Current  smolt  to  adult  survival  is  around  1%   •  Current  smolt  producJon  is  around  65,000,  with  over   250  smolts/adult  esJmated  for  one  of  the  brood   years  analyzed!  –Freshwater  survival  is  very  good.  
  12. 12. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Steelhead  Recruits  per  Spawner  
  13. 13. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Nisqually  Steelhead  Habitat  PotenJal   13
  14. 14. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   What  can  we  do  within  the  watershed   to  help  steelhead  in  the  face  of  terrible   marine  survival?   14
  15. 15. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   15 Nisqually River Watershed
  16. 16. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Primary  steelhead  habitat  (EDT  esJmate)  
  17. 17. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Habitat  PotenJal  –  1%  SAR   Current  Abundance  about  62%  of  Historic  
  18. 18. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   ProtecJon/RestoraJon  PrioriJes   •  Mainstem protection priority similar to Chinook •  Mashel restoration of upper reaches emerging top priority •  Muck Creek and Prairie Tributaries are priorities unique to Steelhead
  19. 19. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Subbasin  PrioriJes  
  20. 20. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Steelhead  habitat  protecJon  and  restoraJon   acJon  plan  in  review.    Some  highlights  include:   20 •  ConJnue  to  implement  Chinook  Recovery  acJons  including   mainstem  and  Mashel  habitat  protecJon  and  restoraJon   •  Implement  Nisqually  Community  Forest  in  upper  Mashel  River   watershed  and  manage  for  watershed  processes  and   ecosystem  services   •  Remove  all  barriers  on  small  streams  which  are  not  prioriJes   in  Chinook  plan   •  ConJnue  to  work  with  JBLM  to  protect  and  restore  the  unique   Muck  Creek  prairie  ecosystem   •  Assess  small  prairie  streams  for  protecJon  and  restoraJon,   establish  a  prairie  stream  stronghold  for  life  history  diversity  
  21. 21. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   21 IntegraJng  Nisqually  Plan  with  Regional  Effort  
  22. 22. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Nisqually Estuary June 2009 Nisqually Estuary March 2010
  23. 23. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   23
  24. 24. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review  
  25. 25. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Lower  Site  –  Before    
  26. 26. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Lower  Site  –  Aeer    
  27. 27. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   27
  28. 28. Nisqually  Chinook   Annual  Review   Steelhead  recovery  efforts  in  the   watershed  can  help  prevent   exJrpaJon  but  recovery  is  not  possible   without  a  strong  regional  commitment   to  address  survival  in  Puget  Sound.   28 -Support the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project!

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