Kitsap Nearshore Habitat Assessments

 

Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant funded these pivotal studies on the marine shoreline of Kitsap County (2009/2010).  The overall goal was to develop a science-based protocol for determining priorities and strategies for improving nearshore ecosystem functions.

Objectives included:

  • Conducting a field inventory of natural and man-made features
  • Delineating assessment units at "site scale" and "landscape scale"
  • Characterize the ecological features and conditions within those units as well as a baseline assessment of "disturbances"
  • Develop a framework for prioritizing preservation and restoration of nearshore habitats

​Mailing Address:

614 Division Street - MS36
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Physical Address:

619 Division Street
Port Orchard, Washington

Phone:

(360) 337-5777

 East Kitsap (2009)

​The Battelle Marine Sciences Laboratory authors; Amy B. Borde, Chaeli Judd, Nichole K. Sather, Ronald M. Thom, Battelle  completed the study in April of 2009.  The overall goal of the nearshore assessment was to develop a  science-based protocol for determining priorities and strategies for improving nearshore ecosystem functions.  The primary objectives of the East Kitsap County nearshore habitat assessment effort were the following:

 

East Kitsap County Nearshore Habitat Assessment and Restoration Prioritization Framework Report

East Kitsap Fact Sheet

Appendix A - Nearshore Inventory Methods Summary

Appendix B - Tables of Processed Data, Scoring Results, and Management Options

Appendix C - Maps of Score Results

Appendix D - Maps of Recommended Management Options

Appendix E - Fish Habitat Utilization Literature Review

Appendix F - Field Validation Data Summary and Data Sheets

Appendix G - East Kitsap Restoration Projects and Scoring Results

Appendix H - Worksheet for Tier 2 of Prioritization Framework

 

Kitsap Nearshore Salmon Habitat Assessment Goals and Objectives

 East Kitsap Maps

​​Google Earth Data and Metadata

Shoreline Reaches

 The unit of division for the shoreline is known as a Reach, and was inventoried at its midpoint for several different shoreline conditions. Each reach is an average of 1,520 feet long, but vary from 163 ft to 2.1 miles. The median value is 1,080 ft.

 

Overhanging Structures

Water Outlets

 West Kitsap (2010)

​Kitsap County has conducted a nearshore assessment along the 66 miles of Hood Canal shoreline during the summer (June-Sept.) 2008.  Research teams (2-3 people) walked the shoreline at low tide using GPS units collecting data below the high tide mark (Ordinary High Water Mark) on natural and man-made features.  The final report is an addendum to the East Kitsap Report.

 

West Kitsap Addendum to the East Kitsap Nearshore Habitat Assessment and Restoration Prioritization Framework Report

West Kitsap Fact Sheet

Appendix A - West Kitsap Tables of Edits

Appendix B - West Kitsap Tables of Processed Data & Scoring Results

Appendix C - West Kitsap Maps of Score Results

Appendix D - West Kitsap Maps of Recommended Management Options

Appendix E - West Kitsap Restoration Projects and Scoring Results 

 West Kitsap Maps

 

​​Google Earth Data and Metadata

Data Files (Shapefile)

Shoreline Reaches

The unit of division for the shoreline is known as a Reach, and was inventoried at its midpoint for several different shoreline conditions. They vary in length from 169 feet to 2.74 miles and are based upon drift cells and geomorphology. They have a median value of 1,112 feet.

 

 

Overhanging Structures

Water Outlets