Salmon & Steelhead Recovery Tracker

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Data Access

Q. I just want to download data for a particular population or ESU. How do I do that?

A. Use the Data Download or the Summary Table Builder tool to select and then download the data you’re interested in.

Q. How far back do the data go?

A. Data set histories vary depending on the metric and spatial scale. See the data matrix on the Data Download page for more detail.

Q. Is there any documentation or metadata?

A. Yes. All metadata documents are available on the metadata page. In addition, the Summary Table Builder and each ESU, strata, and population page contains links to metric-specific metadata. Metadata documents are also contained within each download file.

Q. I just want to know how many salmon there are in a particular river basin. How do I find that?

A. To access that information use either the Summary Table Builder or the Data Download tool.

Method 1: Using the Summary Table Builder you can select the population (river basin) of interest and generate a data table for a given metric and time period. To find out how many adult salmon spawners there are in a particular stream or river basin, select the Abundance metric.

Method 2: On the Data Download page, select the ESU for which you want to download data. Select the appropriate metrics and the geographic extent. To find out how many fish there are in a particular population (river basin), check the box for Independent Population on the Spawner Abundance row. If you want data from specific streams or survey sites, click Sites on the Spawner Abundance row.

Q. What data are available?

A. Data are available for Oregon Coast coho, Lower Columbia coho, chinook and steelhead, and Mid-Columbia steelhead. Depending upon the ESU, spawner abundance, persistence, productivity, distribution, diversity, habitat quality, and hatchery fraction metrics can be displayed or downloaded at the ESU, stratum, or population scale. Additional datasets are available for download only including marine survival and harvest data. The Data Download page presents a detailed matrix of what is available.

Q. Where are the data from?

A. Data provided on this site are either produced by ODFW research offices or used by ODFW in evaluating the recovery or conservation of salmon and steelhead. The majority are from ODFW monitoring projects with the exception of harvest data, which are generated by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) using the Fishery Regulation Assessment Model (FRAM). Other data are the result of simulation models

Q. Our local school collects information on salmon in the neighborhood stream. Where can I send it?

A. It’s great that your community is surveying salmon. Talk with your local Watershed Council about how the information can be used.

Q. How do I insert a chart, table or map from the site into a Word document?

To insert a table:

  • Hold down the left mouse button and drag your cursor over the text that you would like to copy to highlight it
  • Right click on the highlighted region
  • Select ‘copy’
  • Right click in your document in the location where you would like to insert the table and select ‘paste’
To copy an image of a map, chart, or graph:
  • Position the image you want in the middle of your screen
  • Hold down the shift key and press the ‘Print Screen’ button on your keyboard
  • Right click in your document in the location where you would like to insert the image and select ‘paste’
  • Right click on the image in your document and select ‘Show Picture Toolbar’ (if it is not already displayed)
  • Select the ‘Crop’ tool and position the cursor over one of the small black squares on the corners or sides of the image
  • Hold down the left mouse button and drag the boundary of the picture to frame the image that you wish to display
To resize a pasted image:
  • Select ‘Format Picture’ from either the Picture Toolbar or the Menu
  • Select the ‘Size’ tab
  • Adjust the values for height and width

  • Click away from the image
  • Click on it again to select it
  • Position the cursor over one of the black squares on the corners and sides of the image
  • Hold down the left mouse button to drag the boundaries of the image to the desired size
Links to GIS shapefiles of ESU, Stratum and Population boundaries are also presented on the Data Download page.

Q. How do I know these are the best available numbers/data?

1. All data available here have been reviewed by ODFW research staff and confirmed to be the best available estimates. Automated data validation rules built into the backend database catch certain types of data entry errors; however, the most important data validation procedures are handled by ODFW researchers during the course of data gathering and analysis. The data are first vetted by monitoring project staff upon initial collection and collation. Recovery staff then compile, summarize, and review the data for the purpose of reporting on salmon recovery and conservation. Lastly, a final review of the data is conducted once they are loaded into the online system. Nevertheless, if you find any errors, please contact us immediately.

2. Versioning. Estimates are sometimes changed post-hoc, creating multiple dataset versions. All versions are stored in a database format but only the most recently modified or most current version is provided on the web site. If you wish to acquire a previous version, please contact us.

2. Email Notifications

Q. How can I receive email notification when data are updated on the site?

A. Sign up for notifications. You will receive a message whenever data are added or changed. Most estimates are updated annually, but notices will also be sent as new ESUs or metrics are added during the development phase. We will not provide this email address to any third parties or use it for purposes other than this news service. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Q. How do I unsubscribe from receiving email notifications?

A. Go to the Unsubscribe page and enter you email address.

3. Errors

Q. Why isn't the map loading properly for me?

A. Make sure that you are using a current web browser such as: Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 1.5+, Safari 2+ or Google Chrome. You can also try refreshing your cache.