Fall 2013
                                                                    
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2013 Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction   

The 22nd annual Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013. We're heading back to the beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, WA. Join Wild Fish Conservancy for a memorable evening of gourmet food, fine wine, & lively socializing as we celebrate the past years accomplishments and prepare for next year's full slate of science, education, and advocacy initiatives. Help us continue this work by attending this important fundraising event. Checkout a few of this years live auction items, including an exclusive African Safari & Fly Fishing Adventure to Botswana.  Keynote speaker, Jim Lichatowich (author of Salmon Without Rivers) will preview his new book, Salmon, People, and Place: A Biologist's Search for Salmon Recovery. Learn More & Register 

The Future for Fisherman May Be Found in the Past
As part of our Harvest Reform Campaign, Wild Fish Conservancy has been involved in the permitting and testing of selective commercial fishing gear that may help with the recovery of wild fish (view images from the test site). This new selective fishery experiment focuses on the pound net, a fishing technique that is thousands of years old.  Pound net fishing was once the dominant commercial salmon fishing technique used throughout the Northwest but has not been used in Washington since it was banned some eighty years ago.  As the video below shows, pound nets were devastatingly effective tools for extracting massive amounts of salmon. Today, a modified pound net - fished differently - promises to be one of the best choices for the future of commercial and tribal fishermen, one that benefits both the fisherman and wild fish recovery.  Currently, WFC is participating in a pound net research project with WDFW and a local commercial fisher in the lower Columbia River, near Cathlamet, WA. Watch this video on the historical use of the pound net
Over 7,600 Wild Fish Relocated
This summer, Wild Fish Conservancy partnered with the City of Bellevue to improve fish passage and habitat within approximately 3,000 feet of Kelsey Creek where it flows through urban Bellevue. Kelsey Creek is considered the most important stream in Bellevue for salmon, which access the creek from Lake Washington via Mercer Slough. In addition to improving fish passage at a number of dysfunctional channel-spanning weirs, the project included placing large woody debris, bank stabilization, invasive plant removal, and riparian plantings to benefit fish habitat. Wild Fish Conservancy performed the fish exclusion at the Kelsey Creek project, capturing, and safely relocating fish within the project reach. Learn More
100-140 Truckloads a Day
In September, construction was completed on the Stillwater Floodplain Restoration Project, located within the 456-acre Stillwater Wildlife Unit on the Snoqualmie River between Carnation and Duvall, WA. Wild Fish Conservancy, in partnership with WDFW and Ducks Unlimited, removed 2,100 feet of revetment along the eastern shore of the Snoqualmie in this reach, with roughly 100-140 truckloads of material removed daily (view images from construction). This $850,000 project, a culmination of seven years of planning and preparation, is restoring salmon, steelhead, and other wildlife habitats along this reach of the Snoqualmie River. It will also restore natural river processes that were damaged years ago by river revetment construction.  This project is an important example of how private landowners, public agencies, and non-profit groups can work collaboratively for the betterment of wild fish, with an added bonus of creating local jobs. Learn More
Chum Salmon Abundance Declines 97% Over 100 Years Despite Negligible Loss of Habitat
Earlier this summer, scientists from Wild Fish Conservancy, Skeena Wild Conservation Trust, and the University of Montana published a study indicating that Skeena River chum salmon were up to 52 times more abundant in the past than at present. They found that while in the last five years the annual return to the Skeena is fewer than 9,000 chum salmon, the average return was between 268,000 and 471,000 chum salmon in the period 1916-1919.  The enormity of the decline over time is much greater than previously thought. Learn More
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