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Salmon Survival Data in our Watershed

Larry Franks, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

SUMMARY:  This overview of the salmon life cycle, with an emphasis on the threats to these magnificent fish at each stage of their lives, including natural predation, habitat degradation from human development patterns, and climate change. Data charts challenge student to consider the risk of extinction and take action.  

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BIO:  Larry Franks, recently retired from an IT management career, is now applying his Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Degree from the University of Washington to do volunteer work at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.  He leads many presentations to like-minded organizations (Trout Unlimited, Issaquah Alps Trail Club) and community organizations.  Larry maintains that the return of the salmon is a miracle, and their future is dependent on our making intelligent decisions on issues that impact the fish.


King County information on watersheds, salmon and people.

The WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan recommends actions to restore and protect habitat that salmon need to survive in the Lake Washington/Cedar/ Sammamish Watershed. Developed through a collaboration of citizens, scientists, community, business, and environmental groups, local elected officials, and public agency staff, the science-based plan has been ratified by 24 local governments. The intent is to lead the region toward a legacy of healthy, harvestable salmon and improved water quality for future generations.

Planning strategies and updates on salmon conservation and restoration in the Green-Duwamish Watershed or WRIA 9. 

The Duwamish Blueprint on Salmon Habitat in the Duwamish Transition Zone is a working document that provides guidance to governments, businesses, Natural Resource Trustees, and citizen groups as they improve the aquatic ecosystem of the Duwamish estuary.


Planning strategies and updates on salmon conservation and restoration in the Snohomish River Basin including the Snoqualmie River.

The Snoqualmie 2015 Report outlines a 10-year vision for safeguarding the Snoqualmie watershed's remaining natural resources and restore habitat for salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act. The report provides descriptions, maps, status and budget and contact information for dozens of projects in the Snoqualmie watershed.

State of the Salmon Report for Puget Sound documents how Washingtonians have responded to the challenges of protecting and restoring salmon and steelhead to healthy status. It also serves as a tool to summarize achievements, track salmon recovery progress through common indicators, and identify data gaps that need to be filled.

The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound hosts the most current information used by scientists and policy makers to supporting collective learning and actions toward improving the health of Puget Sound.

Here is the landing page for species of concern in Puget Sound including detailed information on several salmon species and the many other species that are interdependent with healthy salmon populations.

Learn more about F.I.S.H – Friend of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery:

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