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 2 interns at a time, for durations of 3 to 12 weeks. All interns will enjoy the salmon we catch when fishing is allowed. We arrange lodging (often tent camping) at no charge.
Chefs in Raingear
We offer a unique two day program called Chefs in Raingear. During the fishing season, we bring up to 6 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. This season (2019) I have set aside Mondays and Tuesdays from August 12 to September 17, to reserve for the Chefs in Raingear program. 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.
To sign up for this program, go to the donate page and donate $100 as a deposit. In the notes section, write Chefs in Raingear, and the dates you want to participate. As “weekends” fill, I will block them off on this web page. Some time before your visit, please send us a short bio to share with other participants.
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 our goals for the coming year: