Wild Salmon

Wild Salmon

Our goal is to restore healthy salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest.

Wild Pacific salmon are critical to coastal and freshwater ecosystems, and many coastal economies. The largest remaining populations of brown bears and eagles occur where there are still healthy salmon runs. Pacific salmon commercial fisheries employed 35,000 people and generated $3 billion in personal income worldwide in 2007.

However, Pacific salmon encounter ever-increasing human-caused hazards in their migrations to and from spawning grounds. As a result, most salmon throughout the Northwest are a fraction of their historic levels. In fact, many runs are now less than 10 percent of their historical numbers, and even these diminished runs are dominated not by sustainable wild salmon populations but hatchery-bred fish which are poured into rivers to replace the dwindling wild runs, and harm the wild salmon gene pool.

Through collaboration and litigation, we focus our efforts on preserving and restoring freshwater habitat and spawning grounds. We work to stop ancient forest timber sales, instream mining, and ORV abuses that impair freshwater habitats; remove dams that impede migration; and improve hatchery and fish stocking operations that dilute the genetic integrity and increase smolt mortality.

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