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2014 Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction   

The 23rd annual Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014. 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, and lively socializing as we celebrate twenty-five years of amazing accomplishments advancing wild fish recovery, and prepare for another twenty-five years of science, education, and advocacy initiatives. Help us continue this work by attending this important fundraising event.  Keynote speaker Bill McMillan reflects on the Skagit River, and the importance of our recent ruling that returns Puget Sound's largest tributary and most important steelhead river to an all-wild steelhead river. Learn More & Register.  

Risk Assessment Detects Two Viral Pathogens in Farmed Atlantic Salmon
Following detections of Infectious Salmon Anemia virus (ISAV) and Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis virus (IHNV) in farmed Atlantic salmon in both Washington state (Puget Sound) and British Columbia in 2011-12, Wild Fish Conservancy, in collaboration with researchers at the Flathead Lake Biological Station (University of Montana), became concerned about the potential for shipments of farmed salmon to introduce these highly pathogenic viruses into watersheds of the Pacific Northwest. Detections of a third virus, Piscine Reovirus (PRV), an "emerging pathogen" in Norwegian salmon aquaculture, were reported in 2012 from B.C. and confirmed in the scientific literature. These were the first reports of PRV in the Pacific Northwest, and fueled environmental controversy in B.C. As a result, our growing concern over the spread of this virus to U.S. waters led us to include testing for the presence of this virus in the samples collected as part of this project. Learn More.
Coastal Cutthroat Trout Genetics Study
Coastal cutthroat trout.  Beautiful, enigmatic, and one of the most diverse of our Pacific salmonids.  From the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska to northern California, some (resident) populations stay in small streams and rivers year-round, while others migrate downstream to forage along the saltwater shores, moving between saltwater and streams throughout their lives. During summer 2014 Wild Fish Conservancy was contracted by Long Live the Kings to assist with a coastal cutthroat trout genetics study in the Salish Sea's San Juan archipelago. Building on WFC's earlier fish species composition and distribution surveys in the San Juan Islands, the study will characterize the population genetics of coastal cutthroat trout in two watersheds on Orcas Island and one on San Juan Island.  Learn More.
The Only Tool in the Toolbox: Genetic Diversity and the Climate Change Challenge
Genetic diversity is the tool which enables the persistence of all populations and species on our planet; without it, adaptation and evolution to changing environmental conditions would not be possible. In our dynamic world, selection pressures are constantly morphing.  As new challenges arise from the surrounding environment, genetic variation ensures that some individuals within a population possess the required traits which facilitate survival against the odds. These survivors have the potential to reproduce and provide a future for entire populations which will inherit the beneficial trait enabling persistence in the altered environmental state. Because of rapidly changing temperature and flow regimes, and increasing acidity of ocean environments, populations have been forced to adapt at rates that may ultimately exceed their capacities to survive. In the face of climate change, genetic diversity holds the only opportunity for the persistence of populations, species, and ecosystems. While the fundamental importance of genetic and life-history diversity is widely understood, management agencies continuously undermine the diversity of wild salmon and trout genetics through the practice of hatchery production. Learn More.
Finding Sustainability Through a Fish Factory Addiction: The Development of Stock-selective Gear-types
If society refuses to cease its dependence on hatchery production - a practice widely recognized as one of the primary contributors of the decline of wild salmon and steelhead - the development and implementation of terminal, stock-selective harvest strategies remains the only avenue to resolve the inevitable tragedy of mixed-stock fisheries (where ESA-listed fish are caught along with the targeted, non-listed salmon or steelhead).  In 2013, Wild Fish Conservancy partnered with veteran commercial fisherman Blair Peterson and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop the first pound-net fish trap on the Columbia River in over eighty years.  The success of this prototype has encouraged WFC to plan an evaluation of pound nets during the fall 2015 test season of the Lower Columbia River Basin's commercial selective gear implementation program. Learn More.
2014 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival
As part of Wild Fish Conservancy's outreach and education mission, staff biologists Adrian Tuohy and James Fletcher took part in Leavenworth's Wenatchee River Salmon Festival over the weekend of September 26th. Classrooms descended upon the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery at Icicle Creek to participate in the three-day natural resource education event celebrating the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River. Kids flocked to the Wild Fish Conservancy outreach tent to learn about the lifecycle of Pacific salmon and the challenges faced by wild fish from detrimental hatchery practices and fish passage issues at the Leavenworth Hatchery facility. With the guidance of WFC staff and volunteers, over 400 young artists lined up to paint pictures of happy salmon, demonstrating the satisfaction wild fish would have if hatchery reforms allowed access to nearly thirty miles of pristine Icicle Creek and tributary habitat.  Learn More.
Amazon Smile & Wild Fish Conservancy
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice - Wild Fish Conservancy.  Learn More.

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