FY 2020 Nisqually Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Monitoring

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

Project ID20-NISQ-01
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date01/01/2022
End Date12/31/2022
Last Edited04/18/2022
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This project will enable the Nisqually Tribe to conduct watershed scale effectiveness monitoring (priority 2) 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 will occur through trapping activities from July-October. The spawner surveys (i.e. live counts; and redd and carcass surveys), will generally from August to March and are 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 will occur at the Centralia diversion fish ladder via a camera which requires oversight to ensure all necessary equipment is operational. Juvenile monitoring will consist of fyke netting and beach seining. This work will occur in the Nisqually nearshore/estuary and from the mouth of the Nisqually River to RM 3 during the months of February-July. The project primarily provides salary support for approximately 1.1 FTE of a tribal biologist’s time.

Project Benefit    

The Nisqually Tribe has been implementing Nisqually Chinook habitat and stock recovery actions since 2001 with the goal of developing a locally adapted natural population of Chinook salmon. Steelhead recovery actions have been guided by a draft recovery plan since 2014. This project provides critical stock recovery information that assists in estimating changes to Nisqually Chinook VSP parameters as a result of harvest, hatchery, and habitat actions. The watershed scale monitoring components include: hatchery and natural Chinook distribution, abundance, and 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); juvenile Chinook distribution and abundance in recovering Nisqually Estuary. Additionally, the project will enable the Tribe to track steelhead adult abundance and distribution throughout the watershed.


Metric Completed Originally
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 48.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$151,866

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  • Worksite Identifier: 48574976
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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 Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS




  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding .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
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.c.14 Restoration validation monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.14.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) stream or streambank monitored
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.14.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program