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Doors to the event open at 6:30 pm for socializing, and the program will begin at 7 pm.
Join Jacques White of Long Live the Kings to hear about the plight of salmon and steelhead populations in the Salish Sea, why these fish matter, and what is being done to unravel the mystery of their low survival rates.
The marine survival of Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead populations in the Salish Sea have declined by up to 90%, and their abundance remains well below what it was 30 years ago. This is despite considerable investments in hatchery and harvest reform and in freshwater and estuarine habitat protection and restoration.
Salmon populations in coastal rivers, including the Columbia, have not shown the same declines, suggesting that the problem lies with factors within the Salish Sea—the combined waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia.
The loss of salmon threatens the heart of Pacific Northwest culture, a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry, the health of our local sea including our iconic southern resident killer whales, and deeply rooted Native American traditions.
The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project unites U.S. and Canadian researchers to determine why juvenile Chinook, Coho, and steelhead are dying before they reach the Pacific Ocean.
At the event, Jacques will share action steps interested attendees can take on behalf of salmon and steelhead populations.
Jacques White grew up in Olympia near Puget Sound and spent most of his childhood either fishing or swimming. He has earned degrees from the University of Washington, Louisiana State University, and the University of Maryland, and has carried out research in the deep sea and along three major U.S. coastlines.
As the Executive Director of Long Live the Kings, Jacques works with staff, Board and partners to bring new approaches to solving complex endangered species and natural resource problems. He provides support and guidance for Washington Sea Grant, the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council of the Puget Sound Partnership, and the Washington State Salmon Recovery Office.
When not working to recover salmon, Jacques enjoys travelling and hiking, fishing and crabbing in and around the Salish Sea with family and friends.