The phrase “sea change” refers to profound transformation. For many of us, the last year has felt like changes are coming in giant waves, as we’ve weathered a pandemic amidst heat domes, wildfires, and increasing signs that our climate is in crisis. At Long Live the Kings, we’re ready to look for the opportunities in moments of change.
With the Pacific Salmon Foundation, we recently released the final report of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. This solutions-focused research achievement caps a decade of collaboration with more than 60 partners from the U.S., Canada, and Tribal nations. It documents literal sea changes sweeping across the Salish Sea ecosystem. Human-caused changes to the climate and the landscape have set off ripple effects, leaving salmon facing less food, less habitat, and more predators.
These findings are cause for urgency, but also for hope. Read on to see how LLTK is testing solutions for predation, food supply, and hatcheries across the region. For us and our partners, the Marine Survival Project
marks a sea change in our ability to see the big picture, work across borders, and recover salmon in a changing world.
I’m heartened to see these changes taking hold, as the needs of salmon, orcas, and the entire ecosystem finally get more attention from policymakers and the public. I’m inspired by our staff and partners who made the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project a transformational success in demonstrating impact-driven science at its best. And I’m profoundly grateful to you, our supporters, for your unwavering dedication to salmon and all that depends on them. Like salmon coming home, we have these shared values to navigate by, however the seas change around us.
Jacques White, LLTK Executive Director
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New Horizons for the Future of Salmon
Explore the complete findings of the Marine Survival Project at www.marinesurvivalproject.com. Read on to see how LLTK is working across the ecosystem to put this research into action.
Go behind the scenes with our partners:
Human development has created bottlenecks where seals have easy pickings on migrating salmon. In 2021, LLTK secured $3.62 million in legislative funding for immediate solutions at the Hood Canal Bridge, a key predator hot spot. We’re also helping partners test technologies to deter seals at other known hot spots.
Forage fish provide both food for salmon and an alternative prey source for their predators. We’re working with the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe to study and restore herring populations through traditional Indigenous methods. The entire marine food web is affected by wind, sunlight, water temperature, and other climate conditions that are rapidly changing as our region warms. At our Glenwood Springs and Lilliwaup facilities, we’re testing hatchery techniques that may offer models for greater salmon diversity and resilience to climate change and other threats.
Loss of estuary and nearshore habitat and contaminated river and marine waters harm salmon, their food sources, and species like orcas that rely on them. We’re working with private, public, and Tribal partners to find and test ways to find and test ways to clean stormwater and restore our urban waterfronts, estuaries, and shorelines.
BUILDING AN ENDURING MOVEMENT FOR SALMON
The Marine Survival Project proved that ecosystem science and solutions are a long-term team effort. LLTK is building connections between salmon and people across the region, with 20,800 Survive the Sound participants in the race’s fifth year, and more than 20 online webinars and lectures during the pandemic. And because a sustainable future depends on a just and equitable society, we’ve committed to learning and making diversity, equity, and inclusion an ongoing part of our work.
Revenue | Expenses
Revenue: $2,534,692 | Expenses: $2,087,141
Financial information from 2020 Federal 990 Report
Sources of Revenue
*Includes: International Commissions, Federal, State, and Other
Thank you to our 2020 project partners.
City of Bellingham
Environmental Science Associates
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Friends of Moran State Park
Game of Life
Hama Hama Company
Hood Canal Coordinating Council
Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Lilliwaup Falls Generating Company
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Moran State Park
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Natural Systems Designs
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Nisqually Land Trust
NOAA Fisheries Service
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Northwest Marine Technology
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Pike Place Fish Market
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Puget Sound Partnership
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Q13 Fox Television
San Juan County
Seattle City Light
Seattle Public Utilities
Skagit River System Cooperative
Skagit Watershed Council
Skokomish Tribal Nation
Squaxin Island Tribe
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
University of Washington
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service
US Geological Survey
WA Department of Natural Resources
WA Department of Transportation
WA Sea Grant
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Dept of Ecology
Washington Salmon Coalition
Washington State University
Western Washington University
Wild Fish Conservancy
WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council
Thank you to our 2021 Individual, Corporate, Foundation, and In-Kind donors.
Donors listed represent fully tax-deductible gifts made to LLTK, not included are purchases for merchandise, auction items, tickets, etc.
For decades we’ve worked to restore our salmon and steelhead populations so current and future generations can experience their majesty and the benefits they provide from mountain to sea. With our many partners, we have just completed pioneering studies on early marine survival of these keystone species. Because of your support, we are now putting what we learned to work in the water, engaging communities, growing support, and building on the progress made over the last 30+ years.
Only your sustained support will push this critical work forward in a time when salmon are threatened more than ever. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to LLTK today.
Our vision for a Northwest with a growing human population, a thriving economy, and strong salmon runs depends on you. Your sustained support drives this work onward – thank you for being part of the salmon recovery community.