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Advocacy
Feedback to those in leadership roles is powerful.  Your voice counts and persistently speaking out can make a difference.

Federal Elected Officials

 

State Elected Officials

 

Local Elected Officials

  • Locate your mayor by name, city, or population size.

  • Find your county executive (the head of the executive branch of government in your county) by map search or your ZIP Code. The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position.

 

Washington State Governor:

  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee

PO Box 40002

Olympia, WA 98504-0002

360-902-4111

 

Washington State Legislators:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

 

Local Government:

https://www.usmayors.org/mayors/

Salmon Advocacy

1. Support Fair Fisheries

Fisheries managers establish a “total allowable catch” each year (North of Falcon), and currently, the entire catch is designated for human consumption—with nothing allocated for whales. The public can demand change. We must insist that NOAA and the Pacific Salmon Commission acknowledge the needs of the SRKWs and allocate salmon for them, while honoring tribal treaty rights. Southern Resident Killer Whales are a federally protected, endangered species. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a legal obligation to safeguard the whale’s prey. But they’re not adhering to this requirement (learn more at wildorca.org).

Click here to read 2019 Public Comments - No allocation was made for the SRKWs for 2020

Stay tuned for opening of 2020 Public Comments. 

 

2. Request immediate breaching of the lower Snake River dams

The SRKWs now spend the majority of their time outside of the Salish Sea, searching for salmon on the coast of WA, CA, and OR. The Columbia and Snake River salmon stocks are on the NOAA priority list, furthermore the four dams are all run-of-river facilities, which means that they have limited storage capacity in their reservoirs and pass water through the dam at about the same rate as it enters the reservoir.  They provide irrigation for 13 farms, 4% of the region's electricity, and the barging is taxpayer-supported. 

Write Officials about lower Snake River dam breaching: Click here

Learn More:

Top 10 Reasons the Lower Snake River Dams will be Breached

Vital Connection: Orcas, Salmon & the Snake River Dams

Dammed to Extinction

DamNation

River of Life, Channel of Death 

Recovering a Lost River: Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities

 

3. Follow the Fraser Test Fishery

The purpose of the multi-panel net is to ensure representative sampling of Chinook passing through the lower Fraser River, due to the wide range of body sizes observed in Fraser River Chinook stocks. 

https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/fraser/docs/commercial/albionchinook-quinnat-eng.html

 

4. Support Survive the Sound

Survive the Sound is an interactive online game from May 4-8 of each year where students and the general public are invited to follow their favorite fish character as it migrates through Puget Sound. The game uses real data collected as part of LLTK’s research efforts to tell the story of imperiled steelhead and the challenges they face. During the journey, everyone develops a deeper connection to their local environment, encouraging them to take action to protect it.

https://www.survivethesound.org 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Continued Opportunities with The Salish Sea School

The Salish Sea School Bioluminescence Night

The Salish Sea School Marshmallows and Microscope Night

 

Volunteer Opportunities with The Salish Sea School

The Salish Sea School Beach Clean-Ups

Marine Mammal Stranding Network – In connection with the Central Puget Sound MMSN

Washington Park Bird Count

Others TBA including a microplastics survey, other bird surveys, etc.

Volunteer Opportunity Project Name:   Bayview St. Park B.E.A.C.H. program

Project Leader/Contact:  Annie England    aengland@padillabay.gov

Project Description and Timing:   Take water samples weekly at Bayview State Park and deliver to EDGE Lab. in Burlington.  Possible on-call needs as well.

 

Volunteer Opportunity Project Name:  Bowman Bay/Cornet Bay plants stewardship

Project Leader/Contact:  Skagit Fisheries Enhancement

Group  outreach@skagitfisheries.org     http://skagitfisheries.org  

Project Description and Timing:   Help maintaining and monitoring beach plantings.  Schedule and durations vary.

 

Volunteer Opportunity Project Name:  Deception Pass Rosario Beach Naturalist

Project Leader/Contact:  Deception Pass Foundation  Lauren Hagen    dpbeachnaturalist@gmail.com         

Project Description and Timing:   Rosario Beach Naturalists serve as stewards and educators at the Rosario Tide Pools.

 

Volunteer Opportunity Project Name:  Skagit Marine Resources Committee (MRC) Beach Restoration Monitoring   http://skagitmrc.org  

Project Leader/Contact:  Jason Morgan    morgan@nwstraitsfoundation.org  

Project Description and Timing:   Skagit Marine Resources Committee project to monitor progress of restoration at Bowman Bay and March Point.  Intertidal surveys, Beach wrack, Insects, and Woody debris.  3 – 4 hours at each site.  Summer.  Schedules to be posted.

 

Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Skagit Marine Resources Committee (MRC) Kelp Monitoring and Surveys.  

Project Leader/Contact:  Phyllis Bravinder  gobravinder@gmail.com  

Project Description and Timing:   Skagit Marine Resources Committee project to survey and monitor near shore kelp beds via Kayak.  Summer.  Schedules vary.

 

Volunteer Opportunity Project Name:  Skagit Marine Resources Committee (MRC) Forage Fish Surveys 

Project Leader/Contact:  Peter Haase  Pgypsy@wavecable.com 

Project Description and Timing:  Skagit Marine Resources project.  Work on teams collecting beach gravel and analyzing for forage fish eggs.  Weekly surveys – each takes about 2 hours.  Attend as able.  Additional times for microscopic analysis work.

 

Volunteer Opportunity Project Name:  Skagit Land Trust  http://skagitlandtrust.org   

Project Leader/Contact:  volunteer@skagitlandtrust.org    

Project Description and Timing:   Group has many volunteer opportunities on website.  All year round.  Tree planting, land stewardship, youth education help, heron nest monitor,

 

Volunteer Opportunity Project Name:  Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center  http://WolfHollowWildlife.org   

Project Leader/Contact:  WolfHollow@WolfHollowWildlife.org    

Project Description and Timing:   San Juan Island group has many volunteer opportunities on website.  All year round.   Big need is local Skagit residents to help collect and transport injured wildlife to the Anacortes ferry terminal.

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