What We Do
The Conservation Angler advocates for the protection, scientific study, and conservation of iconic wild anadromous fish populations and the rivers that support them.
Our Mission: The Conservation Angler advocates for wild fish and fisheries. We work to protect, conserve and restore wild steelhead, salmon, trout and char throughout their Pacific range using all legal, administrative and political means to prevent their extirpation and to foster a long-term recovery of wild stocks to fishable and harvestable abundance.
We believe in the productivity and resiliency of wild fish and their ability to persist, survive and thrive in their natal habitats. Practical experience and an immense body of sound scientific research have proven that as long as fish management regimes carefully manage harvest and do not impose artificial propagation from hatcheries, wild steelhead, salmon, trout and char will provide a full range of benefits to society, including recreational, commercial, subsistence contributions - so long as their full and complete ecological needs are met throughout their range - from natal stream to ocean pasture and back again.
The Conservation Angler has four unique Conservation Initiatives, and many more projects within those initiatives.
The Kamchatka Steelhead Initiative
This adventure angling research project has produced 20 years of groundbreaking scientific knowledge about wild steelhead and is still a bucket-list travel-volunteer-angler experience.
Wild Steelhead and Iconic Fisheries Campaign
Steelhead anglers around the world hold certain runs of wild steelhead in almost mystical regard: Snake River wild B-runs. Skagit River wild winters. Thompson and Dean River summer steelhead in British Columbia. TCA has initiated projects to prevent the loss of these iconic fish and fisheries and bring them back from legend and lore to present and future prominence.
Wild Steelhead Protection Initiative
Region-specific projects on wild steelhead rivers on the Olympic Peninsula, in Puget Sound, and throughout the Columbia and Snake Basin will increase our knowledge about current status and spur action to protect future health and productivity.
TCA has launched a series of projects aimed at reforming the use of artificial production hatcheries where they adversely impact wild steelhead populations in Puget Sound, on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and in the Willamette Basin. TCA will also work to ensure that dam-removal re-introduction programs prioritize wild fish.