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IcicleSnorkelThrough science, education, and advocacy, Wild Fish Conservancy promotes technically and socially responsible habitat, fisheries, and hatchery management to better sustain the region’s wild-fish heritage.

Science

The Wild Fish Conservancy conducts research and monitoring projects in rivers, on lakes, and in near-shore marine habitats throughout the region. We develop and implement ecological process restoration initiatives to recover ecosystem functions, recreate habitat systems, and serve as models for similar efforts throughout the region. While it is important to develop effective restoration strategies, a critical goal of our science programs is ecosystem protection, to prevent existing habitats from being damaged in the first place.

Education

Wild Fish Conservancy provides a variety of education resources and opportunities to increase WhidbeyEducationawareness, stimulate thinking, and encourage informed decision making. Through School Programs Wild Fish Conservancy offers classroom and field-based education programs focused on teaching the scientific process and encouraging elementary and secondary school students to think critically. We are continually engaged in Community Education and Outreach initiatives, attending regional and local events to promote our science, education, and advocacy initiatives with the public.

Advocacy

The Wild Fish Conservancy advocates for socially responsible and scientifically credible wild-fish conservation. We want risks acknowledged and addressed, data responded to appropriately, laws obeyed, and conservation-responsibilities distributed objectively and equitably.  Through the Wild Salmon Recovery Initiative, Wild Fish Conservancy is influencing federal, state, and local agencies to fully implement and comply with the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and other local, state, and federal statutes. Wild Fish Conservancy is making fisheries management more transparent, strengthening land-use and water-quality regulations, and raising the bar for acceptable hatchery management.

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