Salmon and Water Program

Since its inception in 1976, PCFFA has stood  for the unique argument that economic, environmental and moral imperatives compel stronger protections for our watersheds so as to protect and restore the once-mighty salmon runs of the West Coast. Our member fishermen depend on robust, sustainable watersheds for their livelihoods, and they know from long experience that watershed health and the food on our tables are inextricably linked. Check out PCFFA’s salmon position statements for a more in-depth discussion of some of our issues.


Over the years, PCFFA has been involved in many of the most important moments for salmon conservation on the West Coast:

  • PCFFA was integral to maintaining the momentum necessary to secure an Agreement in Principle to remove fish-killing Klamath River dams.
  • PCFFA developed and supported policy platforms, and fought for the passage of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, a federal law that commits water resources to salmon restoration with a goal of doubling Central Valley Chinook populations.
  • PCFFA was victorious in overturning inadequate protections for endangered salmonids on the Columbia and Sacramento Rivers, and sent the National Marine Fisheries Service back to the drawing board to develop strong protections for those fish.

PCFFA is on the forefront of the ongoing battle to keep the salmon fishery alive and economically viable. We’re fighting for the fleet on several issues (click here for more):

  • PCFFA is formally protesting the California WaterFix, a proposal to construct two massive tunnels under the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary that would deprive that salmon super-highway of freshwater.
  • PCFFA is suing the U.S. Food & Drug Administration over its approval of genetically engineered salmon, a decision that could wreak havoc on wild salmon stocks and have unknown health impacts on consumers.
  • PCFFA is organizing the fishing industry against federal drought relief bills that could impact the productivity of salmon watersheds in the West.