Directory of Organizations Involved With Wild Salmon
Note: Directory is a "work in progress". Entries are added with each website update. Names appear in alphabetical order. Recommendations welcome (go to comments page to submit).
“The Alaskansfirst campaign is a coalition of groups and concerned citizens standing up for Alaskans and the resources we depend on.”
Alaska, NGO, Chuitna River
Portland based environmental ngo, started by visionary conservationist Spencer Beebe. A look at their website clearly shows the breadth and depth of this organization's work, ranging from sustainable forestry to food and finance. Wild Pacific salmon are a thread through much of their work, from whole watershed protection to sustainable food. The “About Us” page introduces them in a clear, simple, elegant way, one of the best designed environmental websites out there. There is lots to look at and explore. Pay particular attention to their blog “Stories of Home”, and for salmon news, check out their “Fisheries” tab.
Salmon Nation, Spencer Beebe
North Olympic Salmon Coalition (& Wild Olympic Salmon)
In 1990, the Washington State Legislature created its Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group program (RFEG). The objective was to involve local communities, citizen volunteers and land owners in the State’s salmon recovery efforts. The state was divided into 14 regions, each with an independent non-profit group, led by a Board of Directors and supported by members. The program would be funded by a $1 fee on every individual fishing license and $100 on every commercial license. As a result, the North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC) was launched to represent “Region 7”.
At that time the center of salmon education and recovery efforts was Chimacum Creek and the watersheds in east Jefferson county, led by Wild Olympic Salmon. Starting out as a dedicated group of volunteers working in stream restoration, community awareness and educational programs in the 1980‘s, Wild Olympic Salmon was formally established as a non-profit in 1993. In 2005 the two organizations merged and now operate as the North Olympic Salmon Coalition.
In 2015 NOSC had 7 staff members and managed major restoration projects throughout the county. The Snow Creek/Discovery Bay estuary project is one of the largest and most complex, begun in 2007 and on-going. Its education and outreach programs involve most local schools, with volunteers of all ages it plants thousands of trees every year, and its 25 ft walk through salmon (called Fin) travels the state promoting salmon awareness.
Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, Jefferson County WA, Clallam County WA, Fin, Wild Olympic Salmon, NGO's,
Home based in Sidney, British Columbia, this Canadian team of conservationists and scientists are working together to protect the land, water and wildlife of British Columbia. They are one of the best places to stay up-to-date regarding salmon news and happenings in B.C. Recent work focuses on oil spills, bears and wolves. They produce a monthly e-newsletter (Notes From the Field), an annual report (Tracking Raincoast), and a Raincoast Blog featuring the work of member staff and scientists. They also produce a variety of films and videos. Their website is adorned with great wildlife photography, in particular lots of iconic images of bears. If you are interested in salmon, just type it into their search box and a wide range of articles will appear, beginning with the most recent.
Canada, British Columbia, NGO's,
Salmon Defense is an Olympia based independent non-profit representing 20 western Washington treaty tribes. It is focused on the welfare of the region’s salmon and their habitat. They “educate, advocate and litigate”. Habitat restoration and health are central to their “100 year vision” for salmon in the western Washington Region. They promote Billy Frank Jr. Day, a day of action (March 9th, 2016, will be the second), and administer the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Forever Fund.
Western Washington Tribes, Billy Frank Jr.,
The Salmon Center & Hood canal salmon Enhancement group
Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG) is one of 14 Washington State funded Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEG). Each group works within their own communities and watersheds to restore salmon habitat and populations. The goal is to “deepen the connection between land, people and salmon through restoration, education and research”. A non-profit corporation, the Salmon Center was formed and in 2011 the two organizations were officially merged. With a home base in Belfair, Washington, at the head of Hood Canal, it is probably the only salmon organization located on an historic farm with organic gardens and u-pick berries as part of its operations. A great place to visit, especially during the summer and fall.
Washington, Hood Canal Area, NGO, Research, Education, Restoration
SOILS FOR SALMON
Soils for Salmon is a program of the Washington Organic Recycling Council. They provide “best practices” information for builders, developers and landscapers of urban/suburban projects which should result in cleaner water, living soils and healthier streams... and in this way, improved conditions for salmon. Their website has lots of good information and links to examples and case studies, including Low Impact Development
landscaping, site design, best management practices, low impact development, organic, recycling
Southern Resident Killer Whale Chinook Salmon Initiative
This Friday Harbor (on the San Juan Islands of Washington) based young organization (established 2014) promotes “efforts to increase Chinook salmon abundance in order to facilitate the recovery and survival of endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales’. Because the Columbia River watershed is the most important habitat for the wild Chinook salmon that the Puget Sound area orcas depend on, the group actively promotes habitat restoration and salmon recovery efforts in the Columbia and Snake rivers. Removal of the four lower Snake River dams is a major focus.
Columbia River, Chinook salmon, Southern Resident Killer Whales NGO, Research, Education, Snake River Dams
Salish Sea, Chinook salmon, Southern Resident Killer Whales NGO, Research, Education, Orcas Island
The mission of The SeaDoc society is "to ensure the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education."
Founded in 2000, they are based on Orcas Island in the Salish Sea. They conduct and sponsor research with the objective of applying it to help solve specific problems. They consider themselved "arbiters of truth in matters of ocean health.
They maintain a website which included a blog and active calendar of numerous educational and awareness events. A recent blog (Oct. 2018, What We Learned From J50 is a good example of their work, well worth reading. (J50 is the Southern resident killer whale which died of malnutrition the summer of 2018).
The Seadoc Society