|Two Lawsuits With Two Very Important Rulings for Wild Fish|
In the last few weeks Wild Fish Conservancy won two very important lawsuits. The first involved the ESA-listed Icicle Creek bull trout and the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery while the other case dealt with the state-sanctioned killing of federally-protected sea lions on the Columbia River. Get the details. Both have significant positive implications for the future of wild fish. One of the wins provides great momentum for our Harvest Reform Campaign as we move into the New Year. We've been concerned about harvest for the last twenty years and we've been assured time and time again by government and fisheries managers that reform would come. It's not getting better.
|Clayoquot Sound, B.C. Sea Lice Study - Project Update|
Clayoquot has some pristine old growth ecosystems that are relatively untouched by humans. However, salmon here are still in crisis-- something is broken. In 2009 and 2010, WFC biologists found chum fry in fjords with salmon farms had higher lice infection rates than fry in fjords with few or no farms. Overall, it seems like sea lice may be part of what's broken for salmon in Clayoquot Sound, but the story is still incomplete and there are many other factors to consider. Clayoquot Sound has some of British Columbia's best remaining habitat for salmon, and if there is any place where there is still hope for recovery of salmon runs, this is it. Read the entire update here.
|Puget Sound Starts Here
This is the tag line from the Puget Sound Partnership's campaign to increase public awareness about the water quality problems facing Puget Sound and to engage local citizens in positive actions that will promote stewardship of our local waterways. 'Here' means everywhere.... No matter where we live, our daily actions are contaminating stormwater runoff and that pollution is making its way downstream into Puget Sound. WFC is teaming up with educators from all around the Sound to spread the following message. 'Puget Sound is in trouble. You are the solution. Together, we can fix it.' So, how will you help keep Puget Sound healthy? Take action today and check out the website for more information, ways to get involved, and other resources for your local area.
|Sustainable Water Management Ensures Adequate Water for People and Fish!
Are you a water right holder or a stream-side landowner in the Stillaguamish River watershed? WFC is working with Washington Water Trust, Department of Ecology, Snohomish County and the Stillaguamish and Tulalip Tribes to increase and/or maintain adequate flow for all salmon and native fish species in the Stillaguamish River. For more information, contact WFC at 425.788.1167 or visit thewatertrust.org.
|A New Look for Wildfishconservancy.org|
WFC partnered with Groundwire of Seattle to revamp our existing web site. The new design and organization will make information more accessible. The new platform also makes it much easier for WFC staff to provide members and visitors with the most up-to-date news on projects, events and everything else that affects the wild fish of the Pacific Northwest. Check out the newly redesigned Wild Fish Conservancy web site.
|Support WFC Every Time you Shop at PCC|
You can support our work every time you shop at a PCC Natural Market. WFC is a participating partner in the PCC Scrip program. This program allows you to purchase a $50 PCC Scrip card directly from us and use it the same as cash at any PCC Natural Market. WFC will then receive 5% of the amount you spend as a donation. Recharge it as many times as you like at any PCC Market and WFC will continue to receive 5% of every purchase. For more information or to purchase your PCC Scrip card, please contact us at 425-788-1167 or stop by our office on Main Street in Duvall.
|2011 Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction Save the Date & 2010 Wrap-up|
Mark your 2011 calendar; next year's Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction will be held on November 4. We're heading back to the beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, WA. Thanks again to everyone who made the 2010 Wild Fish Soiree and Benefit Auction at the Willows Lodge in Woodinville, WA a huge success! Thanks to your enthusiastic participation we raised over $40,000 to support our Harvest Reform Campaign and our on-going efforts to preserve, protect, and restore the Northwest's precious wild fish and the fragile ecosystems in which they live.