LEWISTON, ID - Every year salmon and steelhead migrate hundreds of miles from the ocean to spawn in Idaho’s rivers and streams. Despite having some of the best spawning and rearing habitat in the Pacific Northwest, most salmon and steelhead populations in Idaho have been listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. As such, a tremendous amount of effort has occurred to improve salmon and steelhead abundance.
For us to truly understand how improvements are benefitting wild salmon and steelhead, we need to know how these fish populations are responding. What we have found to be the most effective and efficient way to survey fisheries in these environments is through snorkel surveys.