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Summer/Fall                               
2012 

 2012 Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction     

 

chateau ste michelle 2 Join us in the heart of Western Washington's wine country for a memorable evening of live music, gourmet food, fine wine, and lively socializing as we celebrate the past year's accomplishments and prepare for next year's full slate of science, education, and advocacy initiatives.  

 

Enjoy a special treat as keynote speaker Bill McMillan shares his newly released book, May the Rivers Never Sleep, coauthored with his son, John. This beautiful book is filled with essays and gorgeous photographs that reflect their lives, largely spent on rivers as anglers, naturalists, and scientists. Please join us to toast this very special occasion with old and new friends. For more information, or to register, please visit wildfishconservancy.org.
 

How Much Fish Do You Eat?

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As we all know too well, the same water in which fish live is the same water in which we dump waste products, and unfortunately, fish can concentrate these chemicals in their flesh.  Eat the fish and you might get a side dish of toxins, so to speak.  Under the Clean Water Act, states are supposed to set limits on the amount of toxins dumped in the water so that the fish are safe to eat.

There's a set of calculations that has to be done that depend on the nature of the toxin and how much more of a risk the government agencies are willing to run with the endpoint, namely, the health of the citizens ...Read More.

May the Rivers Never Sleep - Seattle REI Book Signing Event     

   May the Rivers Never Sleep

May the Rivers Never Sleep is a newly released book by Bill McMillan  and his son, John McMillan. This beautiful hard-bound book, filled with essays and gorgeous photographs, is a reflection of their lives, largely spent on rivers as anglers, naturalists, and scientists -- lives of men struck by the wonder of the lives of rivers.  

 

Author, scientist, activist, and Pacific Northwest icon Bill McMillan  helped found Wild Fish Conservancy in 1989 and was WFC's board president for ten years. 

 

WFC will present an exclusive Seattle book signing and presentation with both authors, at the downtown REI on Friday, December 7, from 7:00-9:00 PM. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.  

Action Required - Help Safeguard the Future for "Protected" Rockfish          

 

Neah Bay (Marine Area 4B) offers some of the Rockfish state's most popular bottomfishing opportunities for  Lingcod, Cabezon, and rockfish. For three months in 2011 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) conducted a test recreational fishery in Neah Bay to evaluate what impact the current recreational bottomfishing regulations have on protected rockfish (Quillback, Copper, Canary, Yellowtail, China, Vermilion, and Tiger Rockfish). The raw field data from the test fishery reveal a major problem: an unacceptable amount of 'protected' rockfish by-catch occurs during recreational bottomfishing trips. WDFW is currently accepting comments on proposed changes to their recreational fishing regulations.  Please take a few minutes and do your part for the future of "protected" rockfish. Comments must be received by December 15th, 2012.  For more information and directions on how you can help, visit wildfishconservancy.org.  

A Simple Fix Restores Miles of Fish Habitat         

Goliath Fish Passage 2012  

Fish passage restoration projects are among the most cost effective approaches to increase the production potential of our watersheds; removing one man-made impediment to fish passage can restore access to miles of streams that fish used historically.  In September, Wild Fish Conservancy completed one such fish passage restoration project on Goliath Creek, a small stream that feeds the Black River in coastal Washington's Chehalis watershed.  At this site, a four foot wide culvert was partially blocking access to approximately four miles of intact spawning and rearing habitat.  WFC, with funding from the Family Forest Fish Passage Program, removed the undersized culvert and replaced it with a forty-foot long bridge.  The new bridge will not only allow more fish to pass freely above and below the road crossing, but will also handily pass wood and sediment downstream during flood events, restoring delivery of those important habitat ingredients to downstream reaches. For additional  information about this project, check out this article that was  featured on the front page of  The Olympian newspaper. 

Snoqualmie Floodplain Dissolved Oxygen Study         

DO dead fish 

Dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations have frequently failed to meet Washington State water quality standards in many of the Snoqualmie River floodplain tributaries within the King County Agricultural Production District (APD), including Cherry and Ames Creeks.  In 2006, WFC observed fish kills in Cherry Valley that occurred as a result of depleted DO (anoxic) conditions in the ditched floodplain tributaries. Substantial native fish kills were documented again in June 2008 in the Cherry Valley drainage ditches during a period of low dissolved oxygen conditions and low DO concentrations have been documented during events with varying temperature and flow conditions (WFC unpublished data, 2008). The cause of this impairment is not yet understood, and with funding from King County Conservation District, WFC is conducting a study is to investigate the mechanisms driving the depleted DO conditions and resultant fish kills...Read more

Advocacy Update - Icicle Creek Restoration
 
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If you've paid the slightest attention to Wild Fish Conservancy's past advocacy efforts, you probably know that we have been working for over a decade to improve passage and habitat on Icicle Creek in Chelan County. The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH) has outdated structures in the stream inhibiting fish passage but has made some operational improvements that help.

 

Some of those were made in response to the "persuasive" nature of lawsuits. Beginning in 2005, we filed a number of lawsuits under the Endangered Species Act, two under the Clean Water Act and one under the Reclamation Act. Our goals are the restoration of fish passage and other ecological functions in the natural stream channel, and the end of illegal water diversions from, and effluent discharges into, Icicle Creek. Our past Wild Fish Journals and Wild Fish Runs cover how most of those suits were settled or decided.

 

The lawsuits got the government's attention and a few improvements in conditions on Icicle Creek were made. The LNFH increased natural stream flow into a one-mile reach of the historical channel of Icicle Creek directly adjacent to the hatchery. The restored flow is triggering the restoration of habitats gone fallow from years of isolation and represents one of the first steps in the restoration of the ecology of the Icicle Creek basin...Read more.  

What's a Photarium? 

 Photarium 

Field biologists, photographers, guides, and educators love 'em. Wild Fish Conservancy Photariums are indispensable tools for observing live fish in the field. Fabricated completely in durable Plexiglas, they are lightweight and corrosion-proof. For storage and travel, the transparent Photarium face is protected by a hinged fold-up cover plate. Available in four sizes. Check out this article the most recent issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters for a great shot of the XL photarium being put to good use.    

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