Native Fish Society

Our organization exists to cultivate the groundswell of public support necessary to revive abundant wild, native fish across the Pacific Northwest

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Native Fish Mission

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.

What is a Wild, Native Fish & Why are They Important?

A wild, native fish completes its entire lifecycle naturally, without human intervention and is a fish species that occurred naturally within a lake, stream, or river historically—not placed there by humans.

Wild, native fish are keystone species—meaning they’re uniquely entwined in a natural relationship with people and wildlife. Their wellbeing and success affect us all.

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 homewaters, 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 lifecycle of wild, native fish continues for generations to come. We address the root causes of wild fish declines:

Harvest, Hatcheries, Habitat, and Hydropower.
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