Together with their monitoring partners, the Partnership reports on 52 Puget Sound Vital Sign indicators, 31 of which are associated with 2020 ecosystem recovery targets.
Each indicator is evaluated for progress (change relative to a point back in time) and status (whether or not they meet their 2020 targets). Findings of the progress and status evaluation are reported for each indicator (e.g. Pacific herring biomass). The findings of the progress and status evaluations are compiled across all 52 indicators and presented below. All Vital Sign indicators can also be downloaded, along with their progress and status.
The progress of indicators tells us how indicators have changed over time relative to a baseline reference, typically a point back in time. The conclusion about progress of indicators is represented with differently labeled circles.
The status of indicators tells us whether indicators are meeting their 2020 recovery target. The conclusion about indicator status is represented with differently labeled squares.
Overall progress and status
While some indicators have gotten better over time, others show mixed results, are not improving or getting worse. Most indicators are below their 2020 targets. In some cases, there are not enough data – or no data are available at all – to reach a conclusion. For more information on the evaluation of indicators, please see the 2021 State of the Sound report and its assessment of Puget Sound conditions.