Closing the Gap Between Science & Policy

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.

Grassroots Organizing

We believe an essential component to driving large-scale change is empowering those most affected by an issue to mobilize within their communities to advocate for change.

Wild Fish Conservancy works to develop effective public awareness and education campaigns to better inform the public on a range of complex wild fish issues. We work with a network of wild fish advocates coastwide to build powerful, broad-based coalitions and to lead the public in campaigns and opportunities to support and advance responsible and science-based natural resource management.

Wild Salmon Recovery Initiative

Wild Fish Conservancy's Wild Salmon Recovery Initiative is intended to ensure that government agencies and decision-makers implement scientifically, socially, and legally responsible policies for the recovery of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead and their aquatic ecosystems.

Projects Highlighting our Advocacy Efforts


Clayoquot Sound, B.C. Sea Lice Study

In 2009, Wild Fish Conservancy started a research program to help shed light on the Clayoquot salmon crisis. The reasons for salmon declines are undoubtedly complex. As a first step, WFC plans to determine if sea lice may be part of the problem.

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Habitat Restoration

Cherry Creek Floodplain Restoration

o address compromised habitat conditions in lower Cherry Creek Valley, in 2012 Wild Fish Conservancy consolidated three floodplain ditches into a single naturalized stream channel.

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Fish Passage

Maxwelton Tidegate Study

Collection and synthesis of fish-distribution data for evaluation of fish-passage effectiveness at a retrofitted tide gate at the mouth of Maxwelton Creek on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.

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Fish Passage

Little Quilcene Assessment

WFC conducted a rapid watershed assessment, analyzed the current status of salmon stocks, and developed a comprehensive suite of restoration actions intended to quickly improve habitat conditions for native wild fish in the Little Quilcene River basin

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