We all need cold, clean, biodiverse waterways. That’s why Pacific Rim Winemakers is proud to support the Wild Salmon Center—an international conservation group working to protect healthy wild salmon ecosystems around the Pacific Rim.
Wild Salmon Center is the only organization of its kind that conserves wild Pacific salmon across their entire range: from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska to the Russian Far East. They focus on river systems that are still healthy and productive – “strongholds” for wild salmon – and proactively safeguard them before critical habitat has been degraded by mines, dams, or clear-cut timber harvests. In doing so, they’re also working to benefit the North Pacific’s salmon-dependent communities, jobs, and wildlife.
To learn more about the Wild Salmon Center or to support their conservation efforts, visit their website at www.wildsalmoncenter.org.
WILD SALMON CENTER
The mission of the Wild Salmon Center is to protect the healthiest and most productive wild salmon ecosystems around the entire Pacific Rim (see a map of where they work).
Successful wild salmon conservation benefits the entire North Pacific. The last intact salmon watersheds around the Pacific Rim are composed of free-flowing rivers and dense forests, which provide clean drinking water and absorb carbon to slow climate change. Salmon fuel a $3 billion industry, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and local economies and communities. Millions of people around the Pacific rely on salmon as a healthy and reliable source of protein, and native people have always seen the salmon as the life-sustaining centerpiece of their culture, dating back millennia. From grizzly bears to orca whales, at least 137 other wildlife species depend on the marine-rich nutrients that salmon provide. In short, when you protect wild salmon you protect forests, food, water, communities, and economies.
Our Key Initiatives
The Wild Salmon Center identifies and protects the most important salmon rivers across the North Pacific – where populations are still abundant, where habitat remains diverse and intact, and where partnerships with local conservation groups will have the greatest impact.
Despite over a century of natural resource exploitation in Oregon and Washington, the Pacific Northwest still offers some of the world’s best river corridors for wild salmon.
In Oregon, WSC is conserving a remarkable network of stronghold rivers by balancing conservation and logging interests, identifying key restoration opportunities, and ensuring salmon management plans make wild fish a priority. In coastal Washington, WSC recently collaborated with tribes, state agencies, local governments, and conservation partners to create the first unified plan to conserve wild salmon populations in the region. We’re also working to remove or improve river culverts and reconnect fish with over 150 miles of cold water spawning grounds—vital to salmon survival as river temperatures continue to rise.
Known as “America’s fish basket,” Alaska is one of the most important wild salmon strongholds left on the planet. Its 60,000 miles of coastline and tens of thousands of rivers, streams, and lakes sustain Alaska’s world-class salmon runs. The Bristol Bay region – including the Nushagak and Kvichak rivers – supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and over 14,000 jobs.
British Columbia boasts some of the wildest and most productive watersheds in North America. In particular the undammed Skeena River — one of the world’s most prolific wild salmon and steelhead corridors — supports a thriving fishery and local First Nations communities.
Russian Far East
The Russian Far East is home to some of the world’s most productive wild salmon ecosystems. Its pristine rivers in Kamchatka, Sakhalin Island, and Khabarovsk support local economies, native communities, and populations of endangered species including Siberian tigers and Steller’s sea eagles. In all, almost 40% of the world’s Pacific salmon is derived from Russian Far East watersheds.