At this time, dam removal will be complete and turbidity levels in the river will have declined. Hatchery-based restoration strategies will maximize fish production during this time. As the population of returning Chinook adults increases, restoration activities will expand to include increased upriver distribution of fish at various stages in their life cycle throughout the basin. Monitoring will be critical to the management of these restoration programs. As returns increase to secure levels, enhancement programs will be phased out. Intentional harvest of Chinook salmon will not occur until after population numbers return to secure levels.
Complete Restoration Plan (200-page PDF):
Ward, L., P. Crain, B. Freymond, M. McHenry, D. Morrill, G. Pess, R. Peters, J.A. Shaffer, B. Winter, and B. Wunderlich. 2008. Elwha River Fish Restoration Plan – Developed pursuant to the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act, Public Law 102-495. U.S. Dept. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-NWFSC-90, 168 p.