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Educating the public about reefnetting and other sustainable fishing methods, and the health of the Salish Sea.

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Provide understanding and appreciation for the value of sustainable fishing methods and the health of the Salish Sea.
Hands-On Education
The best way to understand and appreciate our precious waters and its inhabitants is to spend time with us and "learn by doing."
Learn about reefnet fishing and our Puget Sound waters. Teach our guests about sustainable fishing and take them out on the rigs. Enjoy the bounty of the Salish Sea.
Salish Center is working with Larry Mellum, owner of Pike Place Chowder, to help solve the crisis in our Southern Resident Orca population. By celebrating 4 success stories in the Salish Sea, we can raise money for salmon habitat restoration, which all agree is at the root of our present day crisis. Help us raise $100,000 for a bronze sculpture of a mother and child orca, on a base designed as a repository for donations. This should become an easy way for anyone to help, no matter how small the donation.

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.

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.

Tour Groups

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 3 weeks.  Interns learn about reefnetting by doing, and they work for fish. Camping facilities will be made available.

Salish Sea AOP (Protected Origin Name)

Salish Sea Certified designationSalish Sea Certified is our program to clearly designate seafood harvested in the Salish Sea as being from the Salish Sea. As it stands now, there is virtually no way to know if the seafood being marketed to consumers is from the Salish Sea, or somewhere else. We believe that halibut, salmon, crabs and other shellfish that live in the Salish Sea are different, and better, that those harvested elsewhere. When we as consumers know the treasures harvested from the Salish Sea, there is more incentive to seek them out and to protect them and the waters they live in. This is a simple way to ensure the health of our local waters.

Let’s change the way we think of seafood!

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 our goals for the coming year:

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