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Save Our Wild Salmon's mission is to restore abundant, harvestable runs of salmon to the Columbia and Snake River Basins. Wild salmon and free-flowing rivers are the cornerstone of a healthy environment and vibrant economy in the Pacific Northwest. The members of SOS endorse these five principles: return to salmon the use of their rivers--protect and restore spawning, rearing, and migratory habitat; conserve the genetic heritage and biological diversity of wild salmon populations; restore productive Tribal and non-Tribal fisheries that allow the rebuilding of wild stocks; restore wild salmon at least cost to other river users and society as a whole; and foster cooperation among all citizens committed to wild salmon recovery.
Founded in 1991, Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS) is a nationwide coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and sport fishing associations, businesses, river groups, and taxpayer advocates - all joined in a commitment to restore Pacific Northwest wild salmon and the communities that depend on them. We focus our efforts on the Columbia and Snake River Basins, where in the time of Lewis and Clark up to 16 million wild salmon returned each year. Today, as few as ten thousand salmon return home to the Snake River. Our current priority is an exciting national campaign to restore these endangered salmon and steelhead by partially removing four dams on the lower Snake River, which in turn will restore the Pacific Northwest's wild salmon and free-flowing rivers as vital economic engines for local communities. Save Our Wild Salmon works toward that goal by pushing for increased federal, state and regional commitment to salmon restoration efforts and better enforcement of existing laws. We hold federal agencies legally and publicly accountable for their continued failure to restore salmon, advocate for practical steps to rebuild rural economies dependant on salmon, focus citizen voices urging elected officials to take real action on salmon recovery, and generate broad-based media attention on the economic and ecological value of restored salmon runs to the Northwest.
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