Scientific Monitoring

Salmon Spawner Surveys

In order to assess the abundance and health of salmon populations, NSEA surveys sections of salmon-bearing streams throughout Whatcom County. Surveys are done in the same reaches year after year. Comparable data goes back to 1998.

View the Salmon Spawner Survey Report Archive

Long-Term Partnerships

Biological samples are collected from Pacific salmon carcasses to provide population information to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Data is shared with these co-managers so that they can make informed management decisions. In addition, the City of Bellingham partners closely with NSEA to support the monitoring effort on creeks within its city limits. 

21 stream reaches

Our survey teams repeatedly walk 21 sections (reaches) of 16 different creeks in Whatcom County. While each reach varies in length, the total distance covered is 11 miles. Access to these reaches is crucial for telling the story of salmon recovery. Thank you to the private landowners for making this possible!   

Behind the Scenes Glimpse of field Monitoring