HCSEG is excited to report that we have made positive observations about the future of this threatened salmon population. Due to the rising Summer Chum returns and the Union River estuary restoration project taking place simultaneously, we can confidently attribute the rising return to this habitat restoration effort. It has shown us nature’s powerful ability to rebound, if only given the opportunity and stewardship.
This chart shows the growth of the Union River Summer Chum population, with an indication for when salmon supplementation ended on the river. It is encouraging to see that the returns continue to grow, even many years after supplementation has ended.