• Practice Catch & Release?

    Studies have shown that the longer a fish is exposed to air after exhausting exercise the higher their mortality rates are (Ferguson and Tufts, 1992; Gale et al, 2011). Even 30 seconds of air exposure reduces a trout’s ability to recover and can provide a significant additional stress even when catch and release fishing (Ferguson and Tufts, 1992). If you want to successfully release your fish, Keep 'Em Wet!

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  • Reappoint Finley and Akenson to the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission

    Your help is needed to ensure the strong conservation voices of Mike Finley and Holly Akenson remain on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission! Photo: Emily Sherwood Photo: Emily Sherwood

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  • Good News! Mining Ban Possible

    The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are currently accepting comment on their proposal to protect the wild rivers and native fish of Southwest Oregon by temporarily withdrawing 100,000 acres of federal land from the Mining Act of 1872. This action will prevent new mining claims and give Congress time to pass legislation to permanently protect these wild rivers forever. Please comment in support now! Photo:Ken Morrish

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Learn More About Native Fish Society – Q&A

For nearly 20 years, Native Fish Society has advocated for the protection and recovery of wild, native fish across the Pacific Northwest.  Our goal is straightforward: utilize the best available science to promote public policy and stewardship that will advance the recovery and protection of self-sustaining populations of wild, native fish in their homewaters.  Our focus on policy, education, and advocacy, grounded in the best-available science, all combine to make Native Fish Society one of the leading conservation groups working to recover wild steelhead, salmon, and trout across the Pacific Northwest.  To read more

River Steward Program — Dedicated Volunteers, Incredible Achievements

Begun in 2004, the River Stewards program has grown to more than 50 on-the-ground stewards whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore native fish on 65 northwest watersheds.  In addition, they work to ensure that native fish policies and laws are implemented and enforced. River Stewards provide the passionate local voice that drives grassroots community support for clean drinking water and healthy populations of wild, native fish. Our River Steward Program is an essential part of how the Native Fish Society achieves our mission for wild fish recovery and protection across the Pacific Northwest.  To read more…

Have You Visited Your NFS Library?

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to conservation.  To provide native fish a reliable and informed voice in the community, we have amassed an ever-expanding, fully searchable online library and database.  It provides the latest research and development that affect native fish…all of which is offered free to the public. To read more…