A nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Duvall Washington, Wild Fish Conservancy is dedicated to the recovery and conservation of the region’s wild-fish ecosystems. Through science, education, and advocacy, WFC promotes technically and socially responsible habitat, hatchery and harvest management to better sustain the region’s wild-fish heritage.
The organization was founded in 1989 under the name Washington Trout. In February 2007 we changed our name to Wild Fish Conservancy in order to better communicate our goals and strategies, and to minimize ambiguities regarding our mission and affiliations. Since 1989, Wild Fish Conservancy has built a reputation among public and tribal agencies, the business community, scientific institutions, and environmental and community organizations for effectiveness, technical credibility, and a focus on the resource.
Wild Fish Conservancy has a staff of over 20 professional scientists, advocates, and educators, and a Board of Directors made up of dedicated and accomplished scientists, natural-resource managers, business people, and activists. We work closely with a broad and dynamic coalition of regional and national conservation organizations, academic institutions, community organizations, and other scientists. Wild Fish Conservancy is often relied on by other conservation advocates for its technical expertise in wild-fish ecology, and the Wild Fish Conservancy staff has developed mutually respectful, professional relationships with key management and policy personnel at all relevant local, state, tribal, and federal agencies.
Wild fish have been an integral part of the economic, cultural, and ecological fabric of the Northwest for thousands of years. Unfortunately, over the last several decades, native fish have declined across the region. Today, many Northwest wild-fish populations face the threat of extinction, and since 1991, the US government has listed 27 populations of native salmon, trout, and char as threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
Wild Fish Conservancy seeks to improve conditions for all of the Northwest’s wild fish by conducting important research on wild-fish populations and habitats; advocating for better land-use, harvest, and hatchery management; and developing model restoration projects. We are dedicated solely to the needs of wild fish, and don’t represent the interests of any specific user groups.
Since 1989 Wild Fish Conservancy has made harvest management for listed salmon more transparent, and fought back increases in allowable harvest-impacts for declining populations. We’ve strengthened land-use and water-quality regulation, and raised the bar for acceptable hatchery management.
WFC has corrected the misidentification of thousands of fish bearing streams throughout Washington, qualifying those waters for the legal protections they deserve. We’ve carried out important field research on the status and recovery needs of wild-fish populations, designed and implemented cutting edge restoration projects, and provided opportunities for individuals and communities to get meaningfully involved in salmon recovery and environmental protection.
Here at the Wild Fish Conservancy we pride ourselves on being conscious environmental stewards in our own environment, that is why we participate in Puget Sound Energy's Green Power Program. Our offices and retail store in Duvall, Washington run on Green Power so that we may ensure a healthier and cleaner environment for future generations.