Over the past six years, WDFW’s failure to address serious deficiencies within the management of Puget Sound salmon fisheries has resulted in the drastic loss of opportunity for recreational salmon fisherman. Born out of utter frustration and bewilderment, and in an effort to have the court address and rectify these losses, on October 6th, 2020, Fish Northwest filed a Motion to Intervene in the United States versus Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312. Commonly known as the Boldt Decision.
Further, on January 29th, 2021 FNW filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Secretary of Commerce, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for violations of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. Unless the parties remedy the annual ESA violations, including Section 7 consultations for state fisheries, Fish Northwest intends to seek preliminary and permanent injunctive relief including, but not limited to, enjoining the procedural and substantive ESA violations that occur annually through the North of Falcon process and the processes utilized and seasons conducted by NMFS, USFS, BIA, WDFW and the treaty tribes.
As we continue down this road of taking legal action, we will need all the financial support we can get in the coming months and years. So if you agree with us that recreational salmon fishing seasons and opportunities in Washington State are the worst they have ever been and you are ready to help do something about it, please consider donating.
You can donate directly to Fish Northwest (a 501(c)(4) non-profit), or through our fiscal sponsorship with The Friday Harbor Salmon Classic (a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity). If you wish to donate to a 501(c)(3) in order to receive a tax deduction or have your employer match your gift then we recommend donating through Friday Harbor Salmon Classic. No matter your choice, it all goes to the same cause.
We will acknowledge all financial contributions to Fish Northwest on our website. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your business would like to remain anonymous.
Option 1: Donate directly to Fish Northwest
Mail checks to:
PO BOX 12
Anacortes, WA 98221
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Option 2: Donate via Friday Harbor Salmon Classic (tax-deductible)
Mail checks to:
Friday Harbor Salmon Classic
Attn: Fish Northwest Donations
PO Box 222
Friday Harbor, WA 98250