Provide understanding and appreciation for the value of sustainable fishing methods and the health of the Salish Sea.
The best way to understand and appreciate our precious waters and its inhabitants is to spend time with us and "learn by doing."
Teaching, Tour Groups & Preservation
Our mission is to educate the public about reefnetting and other selective fishing methods, to create curriculum and hands-on fishing education, to encourage the expansion of these selective fisheries, to educate the public about the health and value of the Salish Sea, and to provide a forum for discussion around how to elevate the fruits of the Salish Sea to reflect their precious nature. We use a dedicated reefnet gear on Legoe Bay as a teaching platform.
Hands-On Fishing Education
We offer programs that allow people to learn by doing. Our curriculum is about 25% classroom learning and 75% in the field. We teach basic boat and fishing skills such as tying relevant knots, hanging nets, and maintaining the fishing gears. From May to mid-June we get the gears ready to launch. From mid-June to late July we fine tune the deployed gears and practice fishing. From late July into mid October, we fish proscribed openers. There are gaps depending on the year, with odd-numbered years offering the most fishing due to the Pink salmon run. Even-numbered years see a break between mid-August and late September.
We offer day trips out to the gears to observe and climb the ladders, watch for fish, and take a skiff ride in Legoe Bay. At a cost of $50 per person, we provide hours of fun on the waters of the Salish Sea. Groups are limited to 6.
We offer a limited number of internships each year. We like to host 3 interns at a time, for durations of up to 12 weeks. Interns pay $400/week, which includes tent camping. We offer scholarships depending on our financing, and offer paid positions to a few interns each season. All interns will enjoy the salmon we catch when fishing is allowed.
Chefs in Raingear
We offer a unique two day program called Chefs in Raingear. During the fishing season, we bring up to 4 chefs, from all over the world, to fish with us. They stay at Nettles Farm, where, after a day of fishing, we retire as a group to cook a meal of salmon, and whatever is growing at the farm. We practice Ike-Jime bleeding, which allows the fish to be consumed the day it is caught.
The cost for this experience is $400, which includes lodging and meals. Scheduling for this program is difficult, because each fishing season is unique, but as the season approaches we will have a better grasp of when we will fish. Odd-numbered years are much easier to schedule due to the pink salmon runs that only come on those years. So, August, September and October are generally available. On even-numbered years, we will fish toward the end of July, the first two weeks of August, and the last week of September until October 15. This latter time is a daily fishery that can be counted on and scheduled easily in advance on any year.
Be Part of this Important Movement
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations are tax deductible. You can now be an integral part of saving the art of reefnetting for future generations, and in doing so make a difference to our salmon, our orcas, and the Salish Sea itself. By donating to the Salish Center, you can help us succeed in the three goals we have set out for ourselves this year:
- Raise $50,000 to buy the equity of the gear yard on Legoe Bay. This will allow the four fishing gears that are stored there in the winter to have a permanent home into the future.
- Raise $50,000 to hire an assistant director, to oversee many of the day-to-day organizing duties that need to get done whether we are out fishing or not.
- Create a new initiative called the Salish Sea AOC (Appellation d’origine Controllee), to allow for a certification to be created for all seafood harvested from the Salish Sea. We who have lived here forever know that salmon, crab, shellfish, halibut, and much more, are not the same from area to area. A Salish Sea halibut is remarkable and precious, and it should never be confused with an Alaskan halibut, but for now there is no way to know where the halibut in your store or restaurant comes from. This AOC will change all of that. It will allow all of us to make a choice when buying seafood, one that we do not now enjoy. It will also allow the Salish Center to have a steady stream of revenue into the future.
2018 is shaping up to be one of the biggest sockeye runs EVER on the Fraser River. We are fishing now and there are jumpers everywhere. YIPPEE! Come and join us in this bounty.
For every $250 donation the Salish Center will guarantee you a reefnet caught sockeye.
For every $500 donation the Salish Center will take 2 lucky people out to Clark Island for a relaxing afternoon with me, on our reefnet skiff. There will be plenty of days available in August and September. Clark is a magical island just 10 minutes from our Legoe Bay gear yard, and a great way to see the reefnets and enjoy a private afternoon among friends.