Wild Spring Chinook Salmon on the Oregon Coast. Photo: Duncan Berry

Wild. Abundant. Local.

Join the groundswell of public support for abundant wild fish, free-flowing rivers, and thriving Northwest communities.

What We Stand For

Abundant Wild, Native Fish

Reviving the Pacific Northwest’s native fish species to natural abundance.

Healthy, Free-Flowing Rivers

Reconnecting, protecting, and restoring the watersheds that sustain us all.

Sustainable, Climate-Resilient Fisheries

Working with decision-makers to ensure fisheries are data driven, grounded in traditional cultural knowledge, and resilient to a changing climate.

Show your wild fish passion - Join the call to action

Until all our Pacific Northwest communities enjoy healthy homewaters with abundant wild fish, we’re asking you to take the pledge and join with local voices, take collective action, and advance science-based solutions to the root challenges facing native fish. Take the Wild Fish For All Pledge today!

Wild Is The Future

We support short-term hatchery programs that serve as life support operations for endangered populations or reintroducing extirpated fish populations, and long-term hatchery programs on lakes and other landlocked waterbodies that lack wild counterparts.

In the long-term, the industrial approach to river and fisheries management that relies on fish hatcheries does not lead to abundant fisheries, nor healthy ecosystems, nor thriving communities.

The best hatchery is a healthy river.

To revive abundant fish and thriving local communities, we need to invest in a model of stewardship that protects and restores healthy, free-flowing rivers and sustainable fisheries management focused on wild fish.

Conservation Campaigns

North Umpqua River: Winchester Dam Removal

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The North Umpqua River and its wild fish are invaluable public treasures for our community and our state. For decades, these treasures have been diminished by Winchester Dam, a structure that's sole purpose is to provide recreation for a few private homeowners. Owners of the dam, Winchester Water Control District, have failed to maintain the dam structure for the past 30 years resulting in major infrastructure problems that are a danger to our fish, our water quality, and the safety of our community. In 2023, attempted dam maintenance resulted in the mortality of hundreds of thousands of Pacific Lamprey, water quality violations, and blocked volitional fish passage. But there is hope. Native Fish Society is invested in our mission to restore the North Umpqua River to its former glory, reviving its wild, native fish population and returning it to a free-flowing river, providing unimpeded access to more than 160 miles of cold water habitats for native fish.

Molalla Watershed Restoration: Reviving a Wild Fish River to its Former Glory

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Habitat restoration is essential to the survival and recovery of important wild fish populations, such as spring Chinook salmon, winter steelhead, and Cutthroat trout, that call the Molalla River home. By restoring degraded areas and reconnecting critical spawning and rearing habitats, we can create more suitable habitats for wild fish to thrive. This can help to increase the size and health of wild fish populations, improve water quality, and enhance the overall ecological health of the river. Habitat restoration can also provide valuable benefits for other species and the surrounding community, such as improved water resources, increased recreational opportunities, and a more resilient ecosystem. By investing in habitat restoration, we can help to secure the future of wild fish in the Molalla River and support a healthy, productive ecosystem for generations to come.

Celebrating Wild Abundance: Case Studies of Wild Fish Resilience

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We're sharing stories of wild, native salmon and trout populations that are flourishing in the absence of hatchery programs: either because a hatchery program never existed or has been removed. If you would like to contribute to this collection, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Find your homewaters

Guided by the best-available science, Native Fish Society advocates for the recovery of wild, native fish and promotes the stewardship of the habitats that sustain us all.

Get Involved

Join River Stewards Near You

Native Fish Society educates, activates, and inspires a region-wide network of local grassroots advocates dedicated to science-based solutions for their Northwest homewaters and wild, native fish.

“You can make a lasting impact by speaking for your backyard river and its native fish!”

Our Impact
Grassroots River Stewards taking care of their backyard rivers and native fish.
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Equity & Inclusion

The Native Fish Society is dedicated to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive groundswell of public support for reviving abundant wild fish, free-flowing rivers, and thriving communities.

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