Hood Canal Steelhead Project
The Hood Canal Steelhead Project is a 16-year project (2007-2022) that aims to restore three steelhead populations in Hood Canal. The project is a large collaborative effort to conduct work on seven Hood Canal streams. The primary focus is to carry out field work (which includes redd surveys, egg/embryo collections, summer parr sampling, and smolt trapping) on the Dewatto and Tahuya Rivers, and smolt trapping on the Little Quilcene River.
While striving to rebuild the populations, the project will also evaluate the impacts and effectiveness of hatchery supplementation as a conservation strategy. Many scientists, managers, and citizens recognize the need to better understand how conservation programs impact natural populations, especially as restoration efforts have increased with the decline of numerous salmon and steelhead runs in the Pacific Northwest over recent decades.
Volunteers play an important part of smolt trapping and redd pumping! If you are interested in the project, come join our efforts!
Nutrient Supplementation Study
The Nutrient Supplementation Study (or Nutrification Study) began in the year 2000.