Wild. Abundant. Local.
Guided by the best available science, the Native Fish Society advocates for the protection and recovery of wild, native fish and promotes the stewardship of the habitats that sustain us all. Our focus is to cultivate the groundswell of public support necessary to revive abundant wild, native fish across the Pacific Northwest.
Wild, native fish are a keystone species-meaning they’re uniquely entwined in a natural relationship with people and wildlife. Their wellbeing and success affect us all.
A wild, native fish completes its entire life cycle naturally, without human intervention, and is a fish species that occurs naturally within a lake, stream, or river historically-not placed there by humans.
Today, the majority of the Pacific Northwest’s iconic native fish hover at just 1-10% of
their historic abundance. The fate of native fish will be decided within our lifetimes. The revival of native fish is more than an environmental movement, it’s about preserving our shared cultures.
Science Into Action
Native Fish Society empowers everyday people to take action on behalf of fish, their home waters, and local communities. We forge lasting relationships to educate, inspire, and mobilize everyone committed to keeping fish and waterways forever wild.
Science & Cultural Wisdom Guide our Advocacy
Our motivations are urgent but our views are long. Science-based knowledge and cultural wisdom inform strategies to ensure the complex life cycle of wild, native fish continues for generations to come.
We address the root causes of wild fish declines: Harvest, Hatcheries, Habitat, and Hydro-power.
Despite a century and a half of use, fish hatcheries remain a risk to the viability and biodiversity of native fish populations.
Harvest Reform: managing harvest to achieve wild spawner abundance and productivity.
Habitat protection and restoration through local stewardship.
Hydro-power removal and reform: ensuring accountability for recovery of wild, native fish populations.
Native Fish Society envisions a future with abundant wild fish, free-flowing rivers, and thriving local communities. Wild is our common ground. Anglers, conservationists, naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, foodies & foragers, educators, scientists, policymakers, and traditionally underrepresented communities all have an important role to play in the future of wild fish.