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Protecting Juvenile Chinook Salmon from PBDEs

Chinook salmon in the Snohomish Estuary are being exposed to a harmful contaminant called PBDE and it’s impacting their health. PBDEs are mostly banned, and the Everett Water Pollution Control Facility has worked to remove it from our wastewater, but more can be done.

Research has shown that young Chinook from the Snohomish Estuary have harmful levels of PBDEs in their systems. This contributes to the reduction of salmon population numbers which are a vital food supply for Southern Resident Killer Whales, can reduce the opportunities for fishing, and impacts cultural practices related to salmon.

Long Live the Kings, along with others, is asking the Washington State Department of Ecology to strengthen environmental protections against PBDEs and protect our Chinook populations. We have submitted a letter to the Department of Ecology as they review a permit that could be updated to include solutions that better protect salmon and other marine life.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • PBDEs are a class of flame retardant that are largely banned, but still exist on older products and certain industries have exemptions for continued use.
  • PBDEs are not being adequately removed from wastewater by industrial users or from the Everett Water Pollution Control Facility despite substantial efforts from the city wastewater managers.
  • PBDEs are ending up in our waterways and into aquatic species.
  • Research is finding harmful levels of PBDEs in young Chinook from the Snohomish Estuary.
  • Chinook are not accumulating as many PBDEs when they are higher upstream.
  • Chinook are listed under the Endangered Species Act and are an important food source for critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales.
  • A draft permit that could help strengthen environmental protections against PBDEs and other pollutants is up for review with the Washington State Department of Ecology.

DIG DEEPER INTO THE ISSUE

Recent research conducted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in association with the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project has found a contaminant called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in young Chinook salmon in Puget Sound. These contaminants in the Snohomish estuary have been linked to wastewater from the City of Everett Wastewater Treatment Facility. As the PBDEs accumulate in the juvenile Chinook salmon, it increases their susceptibility to disease, alters their hormone production, and decreases their chance for survival.

PBDEs are a long-lasting class of flame retardant used since the 1970s in consumer and industrial products including textiles, polyurethane foam, wire insulation, and plastics. By the end of 2013, the use of PBDEs in new products was largely phased out, but many older products and some new products continue to release PBDEs into the environment which make their way through our city pipes, through our wastewater treatment plants and eventually into our waterways and Puget Sound.

The City of Everett has been responsive and has demonstrated their dedication to protecting salmon through transparency and voluntary action. The Department of Ecology has also responded quickly and investigated the issue in more depth. Research from both parties has confirmed a PBDE “hotspot” near the City of Everett’s “015 outfall” in the Snohomish estuary and that PBDEs are originating from the City of Everett’s wastewater users and subsequently discharged into public waters by the City of Everett’s Water Pollution Control Facility.

Learn more about PBDEs and our research on their impact on salmon in the Salish Sea here.

We have submitted a public comment and are urging the permit to be strengthened by:

  • Ensuring a transparent and robust pretreatment program through specific requirements.
  • Using the City of Everett’s Water Pollution Control Facility to minimize PDBE discharge, especially during the Chinook outmigration period (February-July with the peak in April and May).
  • Assessing progress using ongoing Chinook sampling and analysis from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Investigating the potential for more advanced treatment to better control the discharge of PBDEs and other pollutants.
  • Minimizing costs associated with PBDE pollution being shouldered by the least willing to pay.

Read the letter we submitted for public comment.

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Development Director

About Long Live the Kings (LLTK)

Our mission is to restore wild salmon and steelhead and support sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1986, we have been advancing science, improving management, and implementing solutions to balance the needs of fish and people. LLTK envisions a sustainable Northwest with a growing human population, a thriving economy, and flourishing salmon runs. 

Our 18-member Board of Directors and 18 dedicated staff members seek broad involvement to help us accomplish our goals. Our core values are stewardship, collaboration, results, and learning. Our staff are located in Seattle, Hood Canal, and Orcas Island, and work throughout western Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about us in our 2025 Strategic Roadmap and on our website

LLTK is currently using a hybrid workplace model; if able, we ask all staff to work from our office in downtown Seattle at least one day a week, Tuesdays. Additionally, we have quarterly staff gatherings that require in-person participation and there may be additional work location and travel needs specific to this position. Note that this may change as we continue to adjust to workplace changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Position Summary – Development Director

LLTK is experiencing significant growth in influence, impact, and size. In the last six years we have steadily increased our budget and unrestricted private giving by 44% and 63% respectively. We are seeking our next Development Director to leverage this to continue growing our fundraising program to fuel our salmon recovery work throughout the region.

The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience in development, or a related field, and is already connected to the regional philanthropy, conservation, recreation, and/or tech communities. Further, they have a track-record of personally stewarding and soliciting gifts of $500+ (as well as supporting staff and Boards to do the same) and have prior success securing sponsorship gifts.

This position will be managed by our Executive Director, Jacques White. The Development Director will manage the Senior Manager of Grants & Database and a part-time Development & Events Assistant. In addition, the development team will soon be hiring two new staff (part-time Development & Data Assistant and full-time Senior Manager of Major Gifts). The Senior Manager of Major Gifts will report directly to the Development Director, while the part-time Development & Data Assistant will report to the Senior Manager of Grants & Database. In total, the position will manage a team of four, that includes three direct reports. The ideal candidate will have experience managing staff or interns and will use compassion and a growth mindset to guide and nurture their expanding team.  

Last, but certainly not least, this person should expect to participate fully on our leadership team which also includes LLTK’s Director of Projects, Finance Director, and Executive Director. In this group, the Development Director will participate in critical decision making for the organization. Also in this capacity, they should be ready to manage both up and down and manage expectations. As a leadership team member, this individual helps to ensure that resources and decisions consider LLTK’s Strategic Plan, current capacity, LLTK values, and LLTK’s DEI Roadmap.  

Primary Duties 

  • Oversee fundraising program (25%)
    • Create and manage the annual fundraising plan & budget in collaboration with the lead development staff and Executive Director.
    • Manage development staff, lead hiring processes for new development staff.
    • Support Executive Director with fundraising-related tasks.
    • Regularly present to Board and staff on fundraising work.
    • Lead Board’s Development Committee. 
    • Work with Senior Manager of Grants & Database to develop annual grant strategy.
    • Work with Senior Manager of Major Gifts to develop annual major gifts strategy.
    • Integrate development program with mission, core salmon recovery projects, and public outreach.
  • Lead new fundraising initiatives (20%), including, but not limited to: planned-giving, new/special projects, endowment, etc. 
  • Collaborate with leadership staff and Board to help set direction of organization and ensure organizational health (12.5%).
    • Review, and help set, policies, annual goals, and budgets.
    • Track progress to Strategic Plan.
    • Prioritize and nurture DEI efforts.
    • Participate in emergency planning & response.
    • Co-lead Board Nominating Committee with the Executive Director.
    • Set annual communications strategy in collaboration with communications staff and Executive Director.
    • Contribute to a healthy culture through modeling and decision making.
  • Co-lead major donor program (20%)
    • Lead the hiring process for a Senior Manager of Major Gifts in 2023.
    • Plan and execute strategies for major donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation in collaboration with the Senior Manager of Major Gifts.
    • Develop creative strategies for building relationships with individuals to maximize financial support for LLTK (including frequent field and virtual opportunities).
    • Steward a personal portfolio of individuals (~100) to strategically increase their support; work with staff and Board to create and steward their own portfolios. 
  • Oversight of annual fundraising events program: manage staff and vendors to create and execute three annual fundraising events drawing 100-300+ guests, aim to achieve event fundraising success that exceeds pre-COVID numbers (20%). 
    • Work directly with the Executive Director, Board, and Senior Manager of Communications & External Affairs to set budgets, determine annual event strategy, event themes and key messaging, ensure our DEI values are reflected in each event (from accessibility considerations to diversity of audience and speakers), steward sponsors and make annual solicitations, solicit pre-committed event gifts (paddle raises of $1k+), secure Table Captains, secure RSVPs from key guests (major donors, partners, sponsors, etc.), table mapping, etc.
    • Oversee staff and contractors to complete the following: marketing, auction procurement and creation, committee creation and management, general audience development, day-of tasks, volunteer management, vendor and venue coordination, creation of event collaterals (design done by external vendor), data entry, etc. 
  • Participate fully in DEI efforts and advancement of LLTK’s DEI Roadmap, likely to include participating in committees or special DEI efforts, applying a DEI lens to fundraising efforts, and working on leadership-lead DEI goals and tasks (2.5%).

Compensation, Benefits, & Location

LLTK is dedicated to centering equity. As part of that work, we have made our salary scale transparent. LLTK Directors are compensated between $100,000 – $142,000 annually. Generous benefits provided include:

  • Paid Time Off (Vacation accrued at 10 hours per month for the first 3 years of employment, Sick time accrued at 8 hours per month, 13 Floating PTO days)
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • 401k with matching opportunities (after one year of full-time employment) at 5%
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Flex Spending Account 
  • Dependent Care FSA
  • ORCA Pass for commuting
  • Dog Friendly Office
  • A hybrid work environment: Note that the duties of this position may include additional in-person responsibilities such as: ongoing management responsibilities (including initial get-to-know-you and trust building activities), donor meetings, and events. Despite these in-person needs, we trust you to know how and where you work best, either remotely or in our office.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Two and a half years ago staff and Board began a formal process of examining ourselves and our organization with a DEI lens. Our intention is to do this work so that we can authentically embrace DEI principles as a core value that drives the success of our people, our partners, and our work. 

How to Apply

We welcome and encourage qualified people of all identities and abilities to applyPlease email to apply, letting us know how/where you heard about the job, and include a resume or CV and 1-page cover letter that describes your interest in LLTK and this position, and your relevant qualifications and experience. Application review begins January 25th; the position will remain open until filled. 

We look forward to receiving your materials. Please send them to Lynn Baker at lbaker@lltk.org. We’re a small team and politely request that follow-up calls or emails be restricted to technical questions or necessary accommodations having to do with applying.

Collage of four photos overlaid with blue and green filters. The first shows an aerial view of a green stormwater filtration unit in a forested wetland next to a highway. Second shows a pier extending over the water with a yellow boom and pilings underneath. Third image shows green outflow pipes on grass. Fourth image shows a group of people in vests and hard hats overlooking a waterfront construction site.

What is blue-green infrastructure?

Every day we benefit from the natural environment around us. These benefits, called ecosystem services, have not always been acknowledged in urban planning. However, in recent years there have been efforts to strategically draw on nature to deliver benefits that fall under the umbrella of “blue-green infrastructure” (BGI). This term can have many definitions, but in its broadest form these are natural and semi-natural areas with land (“green”) and water (“blue”) features designed to manage and deliver ecosystem services. Sometimes these are just referred to as “green infrastructure,” but the recent addition of “blue” makes the central role of water in ecosystem services more explicit. So, what does BGI look like on the ground? You may already have some BGI features in your own backyard! 

At the residential home scale, this can look like catching rain in rain barrels for irrigation in the dry season, controlling driveway run-off with natural mini wetlands (rain gardens), or planting more trees to shade the home, lower temperatures and reduce run-off. At a much larger scale, Hamburg, Germany launched a Green Roof Strategy with an ambitious goal to “green” at least 247 acres of rooftops in the city within one decade, to regulate temperatures and mitigate water runoff. Across the globe in the Yangtze River Delta of China, they are planning a 250-acre eco-corridor to transform an industrial area of Ningbo into a “living filter” with canals that mimic a floodplain, habitat for native plants and animals, and recreational, educational and cultural facilities. In cities and neighborhoods, these examples of blue-green infrastructure are addressing the impacts of climate change, such as floods and droughts, through water conservation, groundwater recharge, and reduced surface runoff.  

Find out how to create your own rain garden with help from 12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound.

A containerized compost biofiltration unit capturing roadway runoff before it reaches Ohop Creek in the winter of 2022.

Salmon here in the Pacific Northwest can also benefit from BGI practices. For example, BGI approaches to stormwater management can be used to keep rainwater from overwhelming sewer systems, which can contaminate the water and harm salmon in nearby waterways. In particular, runoff from highways has recently been linked to sudden death of coho salmon that were exposed to 6PPD-quinone, a toxic compound resulting from car tire wear. Studies are now underway to see how blue-green infrastructure can be used to address this issue. LLTK is working with the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Herrera, and Cedar Grove in Ohop Creek to test the use of a compost-based media, in a process called biofiltration, to filter out contaminants from roadway runoff. During the pilot project in early 2022, we collected stormwater samples to evaluate the performance of the biofiltration system at a site along a salmon-bearing stream. Biofiltration is usually used in bioswales or other systems permanently built into an environment. The system we used in this pilot project is mobile and containerized so the project team can easily remove the contaminated biofiltration media when necessary, making it a more flexible tool.   

See more of the Ohop Stormwater Pilot in the Nisqually Salmon Recovery newsletter Yil-Me-Hu.

In the lower Duwamish River, the ship building company Vigor has partnered with LLTK and the University of Washington to assess a blue-green infrastructure project designed to create natural, estuarine habitat for salmon at Vigor’s shipyard on Harbor Island. This is an atypical “restoration” project, since Vigor is actually creating natural habitat on an artificial island that was built in the early 1900s to support industrial activities. The project goal is to create functional habitat that benefits salmon as they migrate out to the ocean through the Duwamish estuary. These pockets of habitat in an otherwise industrial landscape could provide rest stops for salmon during migration. The project is currently in the habitat construction phase, and the University of Washington and LLTK will assess the outcomes for salmon in 2024 and 2025. If the results show that salmon are using the habitat for resting and feeding, it will be a good indication that more “salmon rest stops” could help salmon in the Duwamish estuary.

Read more about the Vigor Urban Estuary Restoration.

Photo of a group of people in green safety vests and white hardhats, gathered in front of a large yellow Caterpillar excavator at a construction site on a sunny day. The water and cranes of Seattle's working waterfront are in the background.
Construction of new salmon habitat underway at Vigor in 2021.

LLTK seeks to better understand how we can use BGI in the Puget Sound to improve the health of our salmon populations. We’ll keep you posted on the outcomes of these BGI projects! 

Shaara Ainsley is a senior project manager at Long Live the Kings.

Survive the Sound: Día 5

¡Último día de la migración!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

¡Solo siete peces sobrevivieron! ¡GUAU! Parece que las truchas arcoiris jóvenes necesitan nuestra ayuda para sobrevivir a su migración a través de Puget Sound. Long Live the Kings y sus socios están trabajando para aprender porque los salmones juveniles y las truchas arcoiris están muriendo a un nivel elevado en Puget Sound. Esto puede ser una parte importante para ayudar a recuperar estos peces icónicos. ¡Esperamos que se mantenga en contacto para aprender más sobre este proyecto importante!

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Gracias a todos los que participaron este año. Ayúdenos a alcanzar nuestra meta de $40,000. Dona para apoyar la recuperación del salmón salvaje y la trucha arcoiris en Puget Sound. No podríamos hacerlo sin USTED.

Aprende sobre: Depredadores

Foca de puerto equipada con un dispositivo de seguimiento de salmón.

El salmón es una parte importante de nuestra vida y dieta, pero también compartimos este recurso con muchas otras especies. Los pájaros, las focas, los leones marinos, los osos, las marsopas, las ballenas, y otros pescados dependen del salmón como parte de su dieta. Con las poblaciones del salmón y la trucha arcoiris en riesgo, muchas personas se preguntan si hay demasiadas bocas comiendo salmón juvenil.

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¿Quieres mostrar tu amor por el salmón?

Hemos recibido muchas solicitudes de camisetas de Survive the Sound durante los últimos 5 años de la campana. Tenemos todo los 48 peces para elegir, varios colores de camisa para cada diseño!

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¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

¿Preguntas?
Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound: Día 4

¡Día cuatro de la migración!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

Tenemos dos peces que se acercan la línea de meta hoy, vamos, Jaws y Empowerfish! Tu pez murió o llegó al Pacifico?

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Parece que hay algunos problemas alrededor del puente Hood Canal. Parece que casi todos los peces, excepto cuatro, han muerto (vamos April, Finn Geneer, Sammy & Sergeant Snackbar, vamos!). ¿Quieres aprender más sobre qué podría estar pasando?

Ve a este video para aprender más sobre como el puente afecta la migración de la trucha arcoiris juvenil. Haz clic en el siguiente imagen o aquí para ver ahorita:

Aprende sobre: Barreras de Migración

Los datos que se usan en Survive the Sound, recopilados por Megan Moore en NOAA National Marine Fisheries Services, revelaron que hasta el 50% de la trucha arcoiris juvenil que llega al puente Hood Canal no sobreviven más allá. Estos datos, combinados con otra evidencia, sugiere que el puente actúa como una barrera contra la migración de peces, aumentando la mortalidad de la trucha arcoiris y posiblemente de otros peces. Long Live the Kings está trabajando para abordar el problema en cooperación con socios regionales.

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¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

¿Preguntas?
Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound: Día 3

¡Día tres de la migración!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

Ayer tuvimos nuestras primeras muertes de truchas arcoiris. QEPD Eddy Gar, Puget Pounder, Venti, Goldie, Salmon Ella, y Forest. ¿Tu pez sobrevivió el día 3?

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Cuando vea todos los pescados, presta atención especial a las áreas como el puente Hood Canal y el río Duwamish. ¿Por qué crees que los peces están luchando en estas áreas?

 

 

Aprende sobre: Peces Forrajeros

Fotografía: Arenque del Pacifico por Steve, Flickr

Los peces forrajeros, como el arenque del Pacifico, la lanza de arena, las anchoas, y el perlano de las olas son pescados pequeños y plateados que son una buena fuente de alimento para los depredadores más grande como los salmones, los pájaros, y las focas. Las investigaciones indican que unas poblaciones de pescados forrajeros están disminuyendo en Puget Sound debido a la pérdida de hábitat relacionada con el desarrollo de la costa. Sin una abundancia de peces forrajeros, los salmones pueden tener dificultades para encontrar suficiente comida y otros depredadores pueden volverse a comer más salmón.

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¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

¿Preguntas?
Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound: Día 2

¡Día dos de la migración!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

¿Lo puedes creer? Todos los peces sobrevivieron el primer dia! Lunchbox, Willy y Jaws salieron victoriosos el primer dia. ¿Tendrán la misma suerte hoy?

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Ten en cuenta que cada día de la migración de 5 días de Survive the Sound es aproximadamente 2 días de la migración real del pez. Hemos acelerado la migración un poco para que no tengas que esperar las 2 o 3 semanas que lleva en tiempo real.

Si tu pez no sobrevive el segundo día, piensa en las causas posibles de su mortalidad. Fue una foca, un pájaro, quizás fue la contaminación? A veces es difícil saber, pero es importante recordar que hay muchos desafíos que estos peces pequeños enfrentan.

Chequea los recursos digitales de aprendizaje para aprender más sobre los desafíos que enfrentan las truchas arcoiris juveniles en este viaje.

Aprende sobre: Estuarios y Ecosistemas Cerca a la Costa

Los estuarios son áreas donde el agua dulce se encuentra con el agua salada y son un hábitat vital para los salmones juveniles. Estas áreas son consideradas uno de los tipos de ecosistemas más productivos del mundo, proporcionando un hábitat crítico para muchas especies. Alrededor de Puget Sound, el hábitat del estuario está amenazado por el creciente desarrollo humano. Adaptar la infraestructura humana para coexistir sin problemas con nuestro entorno es un desafío que valdrá la pena para muchas generaciones.

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¡GiveBIG hoy!

El tercer día de la carrera también quiere decir que es tiempo para GiveBIG en la región de Puget Sound. Participe en este día querido de donaciones comunitarias haciendo una contribución para un futuro mejor para el salmón – haz tu donación AQUÍ.

 

 

¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

¿Preguntas?
Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound: Día 1

¡Listos! ¡A Nadar!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

¡La migración ha comenzado! Wooohooo! Vamos, pez, vamos!

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Ten en cuenta que cada día de la migración de 5 días de Survive the Sound es aproximadamente 2 días de la migración real del pez. Hemos acelerado la migración un poco para que no tengas que esperar las 2 o 3 semanas que lleva en tiempo real.

Mira el siguiente video para aprender más sobre cómo usar el mapa.

 

Aprende sobre: Zooplancton

Fotografía: Zooplancton, NOAA

El zooplancton son animales pequeños que flotan libremente en la columna de agua. Pueden moverse distancias cortas por su cuenta, pero son tan pequeños que en su mayoría son transportados por las corrientes oceánicas. Estos animales son comida importante para los salmones jóvenes y los peces forrajeros como el arenque y las anchoas.

Debido a que los zooplancton constituyen la base de la red trófica marina y apoya las poblaciones saludables de salmón juvenil, los científicos necesitan entender qué clases de zooplancton y cuantos zooplancton hay en Puget Sound. Para satisfacer esta necesidad, Long Live the Kings creó un programa de monitoreo de zooplancton en todo Puget Sound a través de la colaboración con gobiernos locales, agencias estatales y tribus.

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¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

¿Preguntas?
Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30
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Ecosystem Solutions Made Local: Guidance Document for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

The 7-year active research phase of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project may have concluded with last year’s publication of the Synthesis Report, but that doesn’t mean the work is finished. Learning what causes Salish Sea salmon to die at alarmingly high rates as they enter the marine environment is just the first step for the SSMSP partners. Our ultimate goal is also to equip managers and decision-makers with science-backed strategies to increase their survival.

In February 2022, we released Local Level Salmon Recovery Recommendations Based on the Findings of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, a guidance document for local salmon recovery organizations in the United States to put these findings into action. LLTK worked with salmon recovery experts at ESA to create this document, in consultation with local salmon recovery organizations and Tribes, as a toolkit to incorporate the SSMSP’s findings into watershed-level planning and projects. The actions target the issues that the SSMSP identified as key limiting factors for marine survival: local marine food supply and predation hotspots, along with strategies to address contaminants, restore estuaries, manage water quantity, and continue essential monitoring and data collection. In combination with regional-scale tools, including regional recovery plans and co-management processes, this resource provides local entities with a roadmap to support ecosystem-wide recovery in ways that best align with local conditions and goals.

Read on for more background about the Local Guidance Document and a link to the full story on ESA’s website:

Developing Local Solutions

ESA’s natural resource specialists have worked with salmon recovery lead entities and the Puget Sound Partnership to integrate adaptive management and updates into salmon recovery plans. With this understanding of fish recovery needs, the collaboration with Long Live the Kings was a natural fit.

The Local Guidance document builds on SSMSP recommendations and presents strategies and actions for local entities to apply at the local scale. It details how groups can address local impacts on marine survival rates by improving fish habitat conditions while limiting predation, enhancing food supplies, and partnering with fellow conservation efforts to accelerate estuary habitat restoration.

“The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project gave us clear evidence that environmental changes, from estuary and nearshore habitat loss to climate shifts, have impacted the entire Puget Sound food web in ways that are limiting the productivity, survival, and fitness of our juvenile salmon,” says Jacques White, Executive Director of Long Live the Kings. “This guidance document translates those findings into management and restoration actions. ESA had both the science and policy expertise that were essential to connect the research to concrete steps. We hope this toolkit provides a timely ecosystem perspective to equip local and regional salmon recovery efforts.”

“The breadth and depth of issues that salmon recovery groups are being asked to tackle continue to grow as we learn more about what it is going to take to recover these species,” notes Senior Conservation Planner Susan O’Neil, who guided the creation of the guidance document.

O’Neil explains that local recovery strategies will need to apply a holistic approach to address the complex interconnectedness of environmental factors that are contributing to the low Chinook, coho, and steelhead numbers in order to increase survival rates and meet recovery goals.

Read the full article on ESA’s website here.

Download the Local Guidance Document for U.S. Entities.

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Where to See Salmon in Washington State

Viewing a salmon run in the Pacific Northwest is a powerful experience. We’ve put together this list of salmon watching locations from organizations around Washington State, so you can see this epic migration in your own community. Don’t see your favorite public viewing spot here? Let us know so we can add it!

Tips for Salmon Viewing

  • Give salmon space, and stay out of the stream. They are working hard, and if you’re near the spawning grounds, the streambed may already contain redds (nests of salmon eggs). Walking in the water disturbs the fish and can kill the eggs. Learn how to spot a redd.

  • Polarized sunglasses can make it easier to see fish in the water. 

  • Observe the whole environment. Is the streambed rocks, sand, gravel, or a combination? Are there trees shading the water? What’s the weather like? What other animals do you see using this habitat? How much human influence can you see?

  • Bring the experience home by taking action. We have 10 ways you can help save salmon, from building a healthier environment, to contributing to science, to sharing your salmon love with your friends, family, and leaders. Many of the links below also have ways you can volunteer for salmon recovery! 

P.S. Salmon viewing can be an at-home experience too! Watch salmon returning to the Issaquah Hatchery on their live feed here. And you can join our Hood Canal steelhead underwater any time at LLTK’s livestreaming Fish Camera!