New RFC Leadership

The Regional Fisheries Coalition is pleased to announce its new 2019 leadership team for the state-wide coalition representing 14 fisheries enhancement groups. Aaron Peterson, the new Managing Director, will work with new board President, Katherine Baril.   Dick Wallace, the outgoing President, says “I’m proud of what we accomplished during my

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Interns work on protecting and restoring wild salmon population

Submitted by Mid Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group A BIG THANK YOU goes out to our 13 college interns! These amazing students have been removing rock dams, monitoring fish populations, habitat, and passage, educating river users and kids, surveying project areas, stewarding riparian plantings and much more! Check out the story

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Beaver Dam Analogs — Good for Streams and Fish

Submitted by Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group This week we have been installing Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs) in a side channel to Rattlesnake Creek in an effort to improve rearing habitat for juvenile salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. Like natural beaver dams, BDAs slow down and spread out water which forces

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Volunteers Needed for Summer Chum Trapping in Hood Canal!

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG), in partnership with WDFW, is again conducting the Summer Chum Conservation Project on the Union River from August 15through October 15th. Hood Canal summer chum are currently listed as threatened and restoration efforts are crucial for their recovery. To aid summer chum recovery, HCSEG and WDFW will be placing

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KIDS’ FISHING DAYS HAVE NEVER BEEN BETTER

Submitted by Tri-State Steelheaders Salmon Enhancement Group Kids Fishing Days for 2018 were once again a smashing success. Hundreds of youth and their families spent the day on the lake, enjoying the outdoors and trying to catch some fish. Over 120 kids registered for the Bennington Lake event on June

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Willow Creek Hatchery receives 80,000 Coho Salmon Eggs

December 16th, Edmonds’ Willow Creek Hatchery began the journey for 80,000 coho salmon. The fertilized eggs were carefully transported from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Once back to the Willow Creek Hatchery, volunteers and members of the Students Saving Salmon club from Edmonds Woodway High School arrived to observe and help

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Saving Salmon to Save Orcas

By Alison Studly, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group Executive Director Like many of you, we at the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group are deeply concerned about the decline of our iconic Orca whales in our local waters. The Southern Resident Orca whales that inhabit the waters in and around the San Juan

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Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Announces Salmon Project Funding

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is pleased to announce that is has received over one million dollars in funds this year to help salmon and the habitat that they call home.  Mid-Columbia Fisheries will be putting those monies to work to restore stream and river habitats vital to the restoration of

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Ancich Memorial Scholarship Applications Due April 1

The Regional Fisheries Coalition’s Paul G. Ancich Memorial Scholarship, which supports students aspiring to a natural science profession within Washington State, will again be available for graduating high school seniors and college students. Applications for the 2018 scholarship are due April 1st. Full details and application instructions are on this year’s flyer!

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Educating North Central Washington About Finned Friends

A recent article in The Wenatchee World highlighted member organization Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group’s efforts with their NCW Salmon Awareness Project, connecting local students with the salmon life cycle through a variety of lessons and activities. Read it here!

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