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Wild Fish Conservancy
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Project Title:
Protecting Puget Sound from Commercially-Propagated Viruses
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2018
Project Description:

Our Sound, Our Salmon is a collection of groups and individuals across the Puget Sound Region brought together and lead by Wild Fish Conservancy. In 2018, the coalition – with partial funding from the Rose Foundation – worked effectively to aid in the passage of legislation that will phase out Atlantic salmon net pens from Washington waters by 2022. In 2018 and 2019, Wild Fish Conservancy is continuing to lead Our Sound, Our Salmon to test for the presence of Piscine Reovirus (PRV) in remaining Atlantic salmon net pens in Puget Sound, and, through a parallel effort, to raise public awareness of and advocate for state-conducted testing of PRV, which is a highly contagious and potentially lethal salmonid virus that has the potential to spread to and harm native wild salmon and steelhead. Continued support will aid Wild Fish Conservancy in the following efforts: 1) work in coordination with the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station to utilize a groundbreaking research tool to determine the distribution of the virus in active Puget Sound net pens; 2) increase public awareness of the threats posed by Piscine Reovirus, a virus that may infect and harm wild Pacific salmon; 3) persuade Washington State officials to test the remaining Atlantic salmon in net pens for PRV, and 4) urge Washington State to remove all Atlantic salmon infected with PRV from net pens in Puget Sound.
This project will benefit those that rely on the integrity of Puget Sound’s water quality – ranging from chinook salmon and the Orcas that eat them, to the Tribes and First Nations that have made their homes in the Salish Sea for a millennium.