Since the last time the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reviewed the status of Puget Sound steelhead in 1996, the trout’s numbers have fallen steeply. In September 2004, noting distinct downward trends in steelhead populations, retired fish biologist Sam Wright of Olympia, Oregon, urged the government to reconsider the fish for federal protection. NMFS has listened, recently proposing that they be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.