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NW Wild Fish Rescue

Fish Rescue

Wild fish are rapidly disappearing from our rivers and streams. When the first settlers arrived in this area, thousands of chinook, coho, and steelhead lived in these rivers. In late 2009 and early 2010, less than 30 salmon were found in a trap on one of the prime local creeks. Northwest Wild Fish Rescue is dedicated to restoring and enhancing wild salmon and steelhead runs in these historically productive areas. In the spring and summer, our skilled volunteers net and rescue fry (baby salmon and steelhead) from water that will dry up, is too polluted, or where the temperature is too high for the fry to survive. The fish are kept in a protected environment through the dry summer months and are released back into the streams or rivers during the following fall and winter months when there is sufficient water to sustain them. This work is done under permits from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and with the support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Areas Where We Rescue Fish

Our team of volunteers monitors the East Fork of the Lewis River and the Salmon Creek watershed in Clark County, Washington. We are also hoping to use out technique and expertise to assist other groups in the areas of Washington State, Oregon, and Northern California.

How You Can Help

Volunteers are always needed to help rescue and rear fish and to assist with construction projects. We can always use people with more “indoor skills” such as computer skills, grant writing, fund raising, answering mail, etc.

We provide facility tours. Contact us to schedule a time.

If you would like to help raise awareness of the dangers the wild fish face and would like us to speak at your school or at an event, please contact us.

If you live on or near a body of water with wild fish and are concerned that they may not survive there, please contact us. We are also available to provide consultation if you or your group would like assistance in working on a creek, watershed, etc.

If you would like to make a donation, we are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Your financial contributions may be tax deductible.

The Columbian Sept. 26 2011: Fish release highlights new habitat near Salmon Creek

The Columbian Nov. 18 2010: Study gauges success of wild fish rescue

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