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Wild Salmon Center

Wild Salmon Center
Formation 1992
Type nonprofit organization
Headquarters Portland, Oregon
Region served Northern Pacific Rim[1]
Staff 38

The Wild Salmon Center (WSC) is an international conservation organization that works to protect wild salmon, steelhead, char, trout and the ecosystems on which these species depend.[2] Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, United States, the WSC works with communities, businesses, governments, and other non-profits to protect and preserve healthy salmon ecosystems in the North Pacific.[3] WSC programs range in location from Russia, Japan, Alaska, Washington State, and Oregon.


  • Background 1
  • Stronghold Strategy 2
  • Accomplishments 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The WSC was founded as a non-profit by Pete Soverel and Tom Pero in 1992, and was run entirely by volunteers during its first five years. Originally the WSC received funding for research and conservation through organizing angling trips to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. These expeditions were a joint venture between the WSC and ecotourism programs, allowing the WSC to focus solely on science and conservation.[4] One of the WSC programs, State of the Salmon, a science-based program created in 2003 in collaboration with Ecotrust, uses data to track the health and trends of wild salmon populations. This data is then analyzed, and used to inform salmon management and conservation throughout the Pacific Rim.[5]

Stronghold Strategy

Adopted in 1999, the WSC has been focused on a proactive "salmon stronghold" conservation strategy as a regional and international approach to salmon conservation.[6] Salmon strongholds refer to river ecosystems that contain the most abundant and biologically diverse populations of wild salmon. Kamchatka, home to the 550,000 acre Kol River Salmon Refuge created in 2006, has been an area of focus for the WSC,[7] as it is considered one of the healthiest salmon strongholds in the world. Other regions considered salmon strongholds are areas of Bristol Bay, Alaska, Kamchatka and select parts of the Russian Far East.[8] In identifying and then protecting salmon strongholds, the WSC aims to conserve healthy salmon stocks before they decline and ensure sustainable fish populations survive for the long term.[9]


With programs in Russia, Japan, Alaska, Washington State and Oregon, the WSC has helped protect over 800,000 acres of salmon habitat, worked with the Pacific Rim.

See also


  1. ^ Salmon Strongholds.
  2. ^ Chivers, CJ. The New York Times. "Salmon Find a Surprising..." October 15, 2006
  3. ^ "About Us" accessed on: 05/05/11
  4. ^ Stanford: Graduate School of Business. "The Wild Salmon Center" May 28, 2003
  5. ^ State of the Salmon. accessed on: 05/15/2011
  6. ^ The Oregonian. 'Wild Salmon Center wants to Redirect..." September 7, 2008.
  7. ^ Quammen, David. National Geographic. "Where the Salmon Rule" August 2009.
  8. ^ Oceanography. "Salmon Strongholds" September 2010 Vol. 23/3 P.14
  9. ^ Programs. Wild Salmon Center: accessed on: 05/16/2011

External links

  • Official website
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