What is the current state of salmon and steelhead populations?

Salmon and steelhead populations fluctuate, sometimes widely so, on an annual basis due to variability in freshwater and ocean conditions. Just as one tracks the performance of a financial portfolio it is important to focus on long-term trends, not a single annual return.  As the data clearly reveal, the long-term trends are not improving and there is no evidence to suggest that we can achieve abundant and harvestable populations without major changes in our recovery actions.