Wild Salmon Center
We are the leading group working to protect the strongest wild salmon rivers around the entire North Pacific. We work from northern California and the Pacific Northwest, up to British Columbia and Alaska and across to Russia and Japan (see Where We Work). We focus on salmon because they are an iconic and powerful conservation symbol, wild to the core, with an incredible life story. When you protect salmon, you protect a whole watershed and everything in it, including people. The most beautiful and important rivers of the North Pacific all depend on salmon and the nutrients they carry inland from the ocean.
- Based out of Portland, Oregon
- Promotes a "stronghold approach" of protecting the most resilient wild stocks based on assessment of wild spawning, life history diversity, and the influence of hatchery operations.
- They have published an Atlas of Pacific Salmon which describes parameters from runs around the pacific rim.
- The Kol River in Kamchatcka is the cornerstone of their Russian work.
- In the Salish Sea the Skagit River was identified as a stronghold in their 2008 and 2010 assessments.
- A stronghold assessment has not been completed in British Columbia, but there is ongoing work on the Skeena and Dean rivers north of The Salish Sea.