FY 2018 Nisqually Salmon Recovery Monitoring

Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)

Project ID18-NISQ-01
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date10/01/2019
End Date06/30/2021
Last Edited09/07/2021
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This project enabled the Nisqually Tribe to conduct validation monitoring by collecting critical adult and juvenile Chinook VSP data through in-river trapping activities, spawning grounds surveys, and juvenile sampling throughout the Nisqually River and estuary. Adult live salmon counts occurred through trapping activities from July-October. The spawner surveys (i.e., live counts; and redd and carcass surveys), occurred from August to March and were inclusive of all salmon species. These surveys occur in the mainstem Nisqually River and Mashel (Nisqually Tributary) from the mouth to RM 3.5 Additionally, steelhead and other salmon counts were conducted at the Centralia diversion fish ladder via a camera which requires oversight to ensure all necessary equipment is operational. Juvenile monitoring consisted only of beach seining in calendar years 2020 and 2021, normally the tribe also conducts fyke netting but this method was curtailed to conform with the tribe’s COVID 19 protocols. The seining took place in the Nisqually nearshore/estuary and from the mouth of the Nisqually River to RM 3 during the months of February-May.

Project Benefit    

The Nisqually Tribe has begun implementing the 2011 Nisqually Chinook Stock Management Plan and 2017 Stock Management Update which integrates habitat, harvest, and hatchery actions in order to move towards developing a locally adapted natural population of Chinook salmon. Successful implementation of the plan depends on robust hatchery and natural stock viability monitoring information. The project provides information that assists in estimating hatchery and natural Chinook composition on spawning grounds; hatchery and natural composition in fishery; hatchery and natural composition in hatchery; and adult and juvenile Chinook life history diversity, age, and growth through otolith analysis (note: the analytical work is not funded by this project). This project will ensure that we continue to gather critical information that will help us to evaluate and report on the progress we are making in our salmon recovery work in the Nisqually watershed. We will also be able to use information collected to determine what future adjustments we should make in our recovery strategies in order to achieve our goals.


Metric Completed Originally
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 48.00 48.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$182,158

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  • Worksite Identifier: 45091736
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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 47.0043633793
  • Longitude: -122.6818656921


  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Coho Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Chum Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Odd-year
  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 182,158.00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations 5
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      United States Geological Survey, Nisqually River Foundation, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Washington Department of Natural Resources and South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 3
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Nisqually Natural Resources. 2020 & 2021. Semi-annual progress reports submitted to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC). NWIFC, 6730 Martin Way E., Olympia, WA 98516.
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 182,158.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 48.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored .0
      •      . . . . E.1.b.3 Square miles of water monitored (Square miles)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.14 Restoration validation monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.14.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) stream or streambank monitored 48.00
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.14.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored .0
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program