Fall 2015
2015 Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction   
The 24th annual Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015. 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 a year of amazing accomplishments advancing wild fish recovery, and prepare for another year of science, education, and advocacy initiatives. Help us continue this work by attending this important fundraising event. This year's celebration honors a true wild salmon defender & hero, Lennie John of the BC Ahousaht First Nation, leader of the recent B.C. salmon farm standoff. Learn More & Register.  
The Dangers of Puget Sound Net Pens  
WFC recently filed a 60-day Notice of Intent to sue the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) associated with the agencies' evaluation of the harmful effects to threatened wild salmonids from commercial salmon farming in Puget Sound.
Did you know that there are eight Atlantic salmon net pen facilities in Puget Sound? Atlantic salmon farms pose an unacceptable health risk to ESA-listed wild salmon in Puget Sound. They pollute the nearby ecosystem and the crowded pens create an environment in which diseases, pathogens, and parasites can multiply and rapidly spread to wild fish. Learn More.
Federal Hatchery Illegally Polluting Icicle Creek for 36 Years
On Monday, September 28, Wild Fish Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CELP) filed legal action to compel the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to clean up the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery now polluting Icicle Creek. FWS is discharging pollutants into Icicle Creek from the federal hatchery located near Leavenworth, WA, without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.  Despite repeated encouragement over years to update the federal hatchery, including a 60-day notice filed in July, federal officials have continued to operate the facility in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Learn More.
Lethal Fish Trap Gets Second Chance as Recovery Tool
Once regarded as "the most murderous and iniquitous instrumentalities ever devised to destroy natural life," fish traps will be given a second chance in 2016. Although fish traps were commonly blamed for the decimation of Washington State's salmon populations and the monopolization of salmon fisheries by the canning industry in the early 20th century, nearly eighty years after the fixed-gear ban of 1934, fish traps may once again prove their worth to fisheries of the Pacific Northwest-this time, as tools for sustainable fisheries and the conservation of threatened and endangered wild fish. Readers may be wondering at this point, "How can commercial fish traps ever play a role in promoting sustainability and the recovery of Washington's imperiled wild fish?" Learn More.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind  
Rain may once again be falling across areas of the Pacific Northwest, but the record-breaking temperature and drought crisis of 2015 must not be forgotten. In the midst of a heat wave, it's difficult to ignore what's occurring around you. As sweat rushes from your pores, your metabolism races inefficiently, increasing oxygen demand-much like a fish in hot water.  It's an uncomfortable experience that leaves you-and the fish-longing for a more hospitable environment. However, as temperature and precipitation "normalize" this October, it may be easy to forget the unprecedented conditions which resulted in the most devastating wildfire season in U.S history and lethal water temperatures for spawning and rearing salmon and trout.  Learn More.
Field Season Wrap-up: Woods Creek Watertyping
Earlier this year, Wild Fish Conservancy field crews geared up for an extensive water typing survey on Woods Creek, a tributary to the Skykomish River near Monroe in Snohomish County, WA. From early March to late June, our field crews surveyed many of the small streams feeding into the Woods Creek basin, identifying their classification and describing fish species composition and distribution. The crews collected more than 900 data points, each with numerous photos and a unique description of the stream's habitat, flora, and fauna. The information gathered is now being digitized into a database that will be added to our geographic information system (GIS). When finalized later this year, WFC will provide the project results to state and local government resource managers so they can make better-informed decisions to protect sensitive stream habitats. Learn More.