Our History

SPSSEG was formed by the Washington State legislature in 1990 as a means of directly involving communities, citizen volunteers, and landowners in salmon recovery efforts.

We are one of 14 Regional Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) state wide that share the role of working within their own communities to recover salmon. The RFEG’s create dynamic partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, community members, and landowners.

SPSSEG is supported by the RFEG program. It is composed of a six-member staff, and is administered by a 9 member Board of Directors.


Our Region

Our service area is extensive and includes six Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA’s), or watersheds as defined by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Note: WRIA’s are much different than county boundaries, but our service area loosely includes Pierce, Thurston, and Mason counties.

If you would like to find the RFEG that supports your area, find them HERE!

Service Area


Our Funding Sources

The RFEG’s are partially funded by surcharges on sport and commercial fishing licenses. The 1995 State Legislature added revenue form the sale of eggs and carcasses from state hatcheries to the pool of available funds. Other sources of funds come from grants, membership dues, private donations, in kind contributions, and cooperative funding from different agencies and private companies.

The support of our community helps make SPSSEG a key player in the state’s Lead Entity processes for strategically recovering endangered salmonid species and restoring critical salmon habitat. The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Click here if you are interested in making a tax deductible contribution to help fund our mission.


Non-Discrimination Statement

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group does not discriminate against an employee or client on the grounds of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any disability.


Please see our Story Map to learn more about our projects and the work we do.