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Science is our compass.
Thanks to your unfaltering dedication over the last twelve months, this undeniably challenging year has been full of incredible promise and success. Your support in 2020 led to enormous strides on the largest and most impactful projects Wild Fish Conservancy has undertaken in over thirty years. None of this success would have been possible without support from you and others in the wild fish conservation community.
Even as we celebrate last year’s success, our experienced staff are already laying the groundwork for a long list of exciting initiatives in 2021 to continue this vital work in the new year. Year after year, our team’s decades of expertise in technical research, advocacy, and public education, allow us to effectively address a broad range of complex issues facing wild fish— always with science as our compass. Whether you’re most passionate about reforming harvest and hatchery practices, ending commercial net pen aquaculture, or restoring and protecting wild fish habitat, your year-end gift will advance solutions to the issues you care about most.
In 2021, we’ll continue our groundbreaking research into sustainable commercial fishing techniques, laying the foundation for the legalization of the first commercial fish trap fishery in over a century. Using the Columbia River as a working model, we will continue to demonstrate and advocate for the coastwide expansion of fish traps which have proven to have no measurable impact on threatened or endangered. fish This fishing technique will be fundamental to the recovery of wild salmon, steelhead, and orcas, as well as the revitalization of Pacific coastal fishing communities and their economies.
In the new year, we’ll continue to lead and grow the Taking Back Our Sound campaign and coalition to effectively end commercial net pen aquaculture in Puget Sound, restoring over 130 acres of public waters that have been polluted and restricted by the net pen industry for over three decades.
For our field biologists and engineers, 2021 is already shaping up to be one of our busiest years yet, as we prepare to break ground on the largest habitat restoration and protection projects we’ve ever undertaken. Working with nonprofit, tribal, and government partners throughout the northwest, we’ll continue critical water-typing and eDNA research that has been fundamental to protecting wild fish and informing responsible land-use policy for over three decades.
And as always, we’ll continue a thirty year legacy of holding industry and government accountable for adhering to the environmental laws and statutes that are vital to ensuring wild fish, endangered orcas, and their habitats will be protected for future generations.
If you share our dedication to these issues, we hope you'll consider making a year-end donation to drive forward these initiatives in 2021. Every dollar you contribute is tax-deductible and directly benefits our work to protect, restore, and conserve the northwest’s wild fish.
On behalf of our entire staff, thank you for your continued support in the new year. We can’t do this work alone, and we’re so grateful for your dedication to the future of the northwest’s wild fish heritage and everything it represents.
Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season and new year,
Kurt Beardslee, Executive Director
Wild Fish Conservancy