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About WSC

  • WSC was founded in 2000
  • Only group in the Northwest focused on steelhead
  • We are 500 members strong and growing
Photo by Jeff Bright

Dedicated to increasing the return of wild steelhead to the waters of the West Coast

Photo by Luke Kelly

Photos on this page by Jeff Bright and Luke Kelly

Wild steelhead, the Washington state fish, are an important cultural and economic legacy in the Pacific Northwest and have been reduced to a fraction of their historic capacity. Over-harvest, habitat loss, ineffective hatchery practices, human-constructed barriers to migration, and misguided management strategies have all contributed to the decline–and in some cases extinction–of wild steelhead runs. The Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) believes that, without meaningful changes to policies and attitudes, these same factors will continue to reduce wild steelhead populations to the point where they will no longer be sustainable.

The WSC is a non-profit 501c(3) organization. We were founded in 2000 by a group of conscientious steelhead anglers and advocates, determined to make lasting change for this iconic species. For more than 10 years, the WSC has worked to build partnerships, educate stakeholders, and change policy on behalf of the fish. We rely on the support of our members and contributors to make this work possible; and all contributions to the WSC are fully tax-deductible.

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