Earlier this month, the world lost an incredible fisheries biologist, husband, son, brother, father, and friend. James Fletcher Healy passed away in his home on March 5, 2018, surrounded by friends and family, after a two-month battle with stage 4 melanoma cancer. For 10 years, Wild Fish Conservancy had the privilege of working with James as a staff biologist.
During his time with WFC, James was instrumental in two large projects studying nearshore juvenile salmon migrations, one in Grays Harbor and one in the Hood Canal. He also participated in wild fish research in Icicle Creek, backcountry research to assess bull trout distribution in Wenatchee River tributaries, research studying the impacts of Atlantic salmon net pens in British Columbia, and many other WFC projects.
James brought much more than a brilliant mind to our organization— he brought a wealth of character and heart. His passion and energy extended into all aspects of his life, and ours. It is difficult to imagine this world without him. Our thoughts go out to James’s family and the thousands of lives he touched in his short but intense time with us.