Elwha River

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) collaborated with their federal partners to develop the Elwha River Fish Restoration Plan (Plan) pursuant to the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act of 1992, Pub.L. 102-495, 106 Stat. 3173. The Plan provided a solid framework for the restoration of the Elwha River and strongly supports the stated goal of “reestablishing self-sustaining anadromous salmonid populations and habitats” (Elwha River Restoration Plan 2008).

Building on that collaborative framework, the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) reviewed Chinook, steelhead, coho, chum, and pink salmon hatchery programs in the Elwha River. The review was structured similarly to previous HSRG reviews in Puget Sound. The process was initiated with the LEKT and WDFW identifying the goals of the hatchery program for each species and describing proposed actions to achieve those goals. This description included broodstock management procedures, risk aversion measures, performance standards and indicators, production levels, release strategies, and performance history of the program. Relative to the goals identified by LEKT and WDFW, the HSRG assessed the risks and benefits of the programs, evaluated the likelihood that the programs will achieve the stated goals, and identified any potential program modifications that would improve the likelihood of achieving goals.

To read the HSRG’s Review of the Elwha River Fish Restoration Plan and Accompanying HGMP’s, click here.