FY 2020 Skagit Watershed Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement

Salmonid Hatcheries and Harvest Management

Harvest Management
Project ID20-USIT-03
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date07/01/2022
End Date06/30/2023
Last Edited09/10/2021
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Project funds will be used support a portion of Tribal Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officer’s salaries. Starting in May and ending in early November during the implementation of any commercial, subsistence, or test fisheries Tribal Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers will monitor fishing sites for fishery regulatory compliance including; gear restrictions, open waters, catch reporting, and emergency closures. In addition Enforcement Officers will help limit take of listed species by assisting to remove derelict or phantom gear in the Skagit River. The Fishery Enforcement Officers will coordinate with other agencies ensuring both state and tribal enforcement and conservation activities are being enforced. The officers will routinely check fishing grounds after scheduled fisheries in the Skagit River to unsure no derelict gear is illegally fishing.

Project Benefit    

The primary benefit is to prevent illegal harvest and to monitor tribal fisheries to ensure fishers are complying with harvest and conservation regulations that were developed in PFMC and North of Falcon arenas and ordinances set forth by Tribal Council. The presence of an officer on the fishing grounds during fisheries facilitates communication with harvest managers on accurate catch accounting and reporting to ensure that tribal fisheries are managed to achieve conservation goals. The officers also conducts surveys for illegal fishing and responds to all derelict reports reducing or eliminating accidental and illegal takes of Chinook.

The Skagit Recovery Plan highlights the impacts of illegal take in Chapter 6, under section 6.3.3 Poaching. In chapter 7 Harvest Management Actions under section 7.8 “Harvest Enforcement Actions” have identified a series of recommendations for monitoring these impacts. The funds used for this project address recommendations identified in the Skagit Recovery Plan, more specifically the plan outline 10 recommendations, two of which are supported by this proposal. Recommendation #2 (page 72 and 73): “Demand on existing enforcement staff is expected to increase, necessitating the need for increased cooperation through the development of effective partnerships.” Recommendation #3: “Future state and tribal compliance priorities will focus on illegal harvest and take for both anadromous and native resident salmonid species as well as habitat protection to provide “gravel to gravel” protection by vigorously enforcing current state, tribal and federal protection regulations.”


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Funding Details

Report Total:$41,423

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  • Worksite Identifier: 48598779
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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.539311
  • Longitude: -122.184275


  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • D.0 Salmonid Hatcheries and Harvest ManagementY (Y/N)
    •      . . D.0.a Hatchery and harvest mgmt. funding .00
    •      . . D.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
    •      . . D.0.c
      Project Identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
    •      . . D.3 Harvest Management ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . D.3.a Harvest Management Funding
      •      . . . . D.3.e.1 EnforcementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . D.3.e.2 Acres of land covered by enforcement