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. Wild Fish Conservancy advocacy is making fisheries management more transparent, strengthening land-use and water-quality regulations, and raising the bar for acceptable hatchery management.
It sounds like we’re always mounting barricades, or at least pounding on lecterns. But effective advocacy involves serious work: reviewing policy proposals; watch-dogging agencies; participating on technical forums; working directly with resource-management officials; developing information/action campaigns; litigating where necessary. It requires close examination, painstaking research, careful consideration, thorough consultation, credibility with policy leaders, and above all, persistence.
Wild Fish Conservancy has the experience, knowledge, and passion necessary to get the job done, and we’ve developed coalitions and collegial professional relationships in the academic and conservation communities, with social and economic stakeholders, and with key staff at relevant local, state, tribal, and federal agencies.
The Wild Salmon Recovery Initiative is Wild Fish Conservancy’s primary advocacy program, intended to influence federal, state, and local agencies to effectively recover and conserve wild-fish ecosystems by fully implementing and complying with relevant laws and regulations, including the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and other local, state, and federal statutes.
Read more about our ongoing advocacy initiatives.
Icicle Creek is in Chelan County, Washington. Because much of the watershed is in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, it is one of the largest wilderness watersheds in the state. In 1940, the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery began operations a few miles above the mouth of Icicle Creek, and diverted water and blocked passage of wild salmon, trout, and char from almost 30 miles of pristine aquatic and riparian habitats in the upper Icicle Basin. In 1999, Wild Fish Conservancy (then Washington Trout) began working with the Icicle Creek Watershed Council and others to effect full, year-round wild-fish passage at the hatchery.
Read more about our Icicle Creek Restoration initiative.
Wild Fish Conservancy has taken an interest in the Atlantic Salmon aquaculture practices utilized throughout the west coast and over much of the world. We are worried by the impacts these operations can have on wild fish and other microorganisms, both near home and abroad.
Laws protecting wild fish in the Northwest go back to the first state legislatures. While some of those laws are still on the books, we also rely on more modern laws, including federal laws like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act as well as state laws such as the Growth Management Act, the Shoreline Management Act, the Forest Practices Act, and laws relating to fish passage.
Read more about Laws and Regulations to Protect Wild Fish.