Context: On April 16, as the coronavirus attacked communities across Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is rolling back our water quality standards that are the most protective of human health in the country. For more information, click the following links to read more: May 7, 2020 | BEING FRANK: POLLUTION-BASED ECONOMY […]
Below is a link to a guest editorial that ran in the Seattle Times, written by Lorraine Loomis (Salmon Defense Vice Chair) and Phil Anderson (former director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife). It focuses on chinook fishing, orca recovery and the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition. “Some people are renewing the call […]
For the past ten years in May, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has generously donated their beautiful golf course, The Cedars at Dungeness, to Salmon Defense for our annual golf tournament. The tournament was renamed the Billy Frank Jr. Classic shortly after he made his journey home on May 5, 2014. The Cedars at Dungeness is […]
It has taken more than 40 years for the tribes and state to build the working relationship needed to jointly manage the salmon resource. Like all relationships, ours has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day we all want the same thing.
As salmon continue to decline, every management action we take requires increasingly careful consideration. One thing that’s certain is that fisheries management is better when we work together!
For tribes, climate change is half of a double whammy that began more than 150 years ago when we signed treaties with the U.S. government. The treaties secured our rights to fish and hunt in exchange for nearly all the land in western Washington, but ever since then the region’s ecosystems that support those resources have been under steady attack.
Tribal, state and federal government, environmental groups and industry wrestled with updating the standards for more than 20 years,
but the results are something we can all feel good about.
Earth Day is April 22nd. Celebrate by participating in an Earth Day event near you. Volunteer Opportunities Garden Ground-Breaking & Planting Work Party Seward Park-Seward Audubon Center Earth Day Storytelling 2016 – Duwamish Longhouse Department of Ecology- Earth day Events in your Community City of Tumwater Earth Day Events – Park Clean Up Tribes Participating […]
The book Tell the Truth: The Collected Columns of Billy Frank Jr is now available to order. Proceeds from the sale go to the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Forever Fund, managed by Salmon Defense. It is available now at amazon.com
Salmon Defense’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament was a huge success! Thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers and volunteers that helped maked this golf tournament our most successful fundraiser to date. We want to thank our title sponsor, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, for their ongoing support of this important fundraising event for Salmon Defense. […]
Salmon Defense Looks Ahead as They Appoint New Chairman Download the Release (PDF) The recent passing of Billy Frank Jr., one of the most recognizable advocates of Native American fishing rights, has placed a spotlight on his legacy and the non-profit organization Salmon Defense. “Salmon Defense was a piece of Billy’s vision, it is part of his […]