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Supporting sustainable use of our remaining wild salmon runs

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

We foster solutions to sustain the wild salmon ecosystems of the North Pacific.

Salmon play a critical ecological role throughout their life-cycle: from the streams where they hatch, to estuaries, to the open ocean, and back to their native streams where they spawn and die. And they are vital to the commercial and cultural lives of the communities that depend upon them.

Salmon thrive in Alaska, northern British Columbia and Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. In these regions, great migrations of wild salmon still return to the rivers each year to spawn.

We are working with partners across the North Pacific to ensure that these salmon ecosystems remain healthy.

Specific strategies include the following:

  • Maintain healthy habitat in key watersheds
  • Ensure sustainable management of salmon fisheries
  • Promote natural resource use practices that are compatible with maintaining healthy salmon systems

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Recent Grants

$1,950,000.00 Dec 2014 Sustainable Fisheries Initiative Project Trust for Conservation Innovation
$2,000,000.00 Nov 2014 Wild Salmon Center Wild Salmon Center
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Aileen Lee, Program Director

Aileen leads the foundation’s wild salmon ecosystems initiative and ​sustainable finance ​team. Prior to joining the foundation, Aileen was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, wher…

Erin Dovichin, Program Officer, Wild Salmon Ecosystems

Erin is responsible for the foundation’s investments in wild salmon ecosystem conservation in Alaska. Prior to joining the foundation, Erin was the associate state director for The Nature Conser…

Maureen Geesey, Program Fellow, Environmental Conservation

Maureen focuses on wild salmon ecosystems, market-based certification schemes, and the intersections between financial markets and policy.  In addition, Maureen leads the aquaculture component of…

Jennifer Straw, Program Associate, Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Jennifer supports the strategic grantmaking process for the Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative and the program’s ongoing investigation of sustainable financial markets. Prior to joining the Wild …

Ivan Thompson, Program Officer, Wild Salmon Ecosystems

Ivan focuses primarily on supporting efforts to protect wild salmon, their habitat and the communities that rely on them in the intact watersheds of British Columbia. Previously, Ivan worked as a seni…