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Native Fish Coalition

Postby Rusty Spinner on October 23rd, 2017, 8:10 pm

There's a new organization formed to address critical native fisheries issues throughout the nation with an eye towards native salmonids.

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https://www.facebook.com/nativefishcoalition/

From their site: The Native Fish Coalition is a grassroots donor-funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation, preservation and restoration of native fish. While most of our members are avid fly anglers, our focus is not limited to so-called “gamefish.” We are primarily – but not exclusively -- focused on salmonids, and the reason for this is twofold: Salmonids are often the species that are most threatened, and what is good for these native “indicator species” is good for all native fish.

It is the belief of the Native Fish Coalition that no stream, river, pond or lake is truly healthy or “restored” until its full complement of native species is intact and it is devoid of non-native species and hatchery-raised fish. Clean water and healthy riparian zones are a necessary foundation for establishing healthy ecosystems, albeit not an absolute indication of overall ecological health. While the complete restoration of native species assemblages is not always attainable, it is our goal.

Our purpose for forming the Native Fish Coalition is to address issues that often fall through the cracks, work alongside like-minded entities to best utilize our unique skill sets and resources, help push for meaningful reform even when that means challenging the status quo, and try to bridge the gap between fish and water conservation organizations. We are part of a small but rapidly growing group of like-minded advocates who hold a shared vision: To protect, preserve and restore our native fish. That shared vision and the structure of the Coalition allows us to achieve consensus and act quickly and decisively to protect this invaluable and irreplaceable resource.

The Native Fish Coalition sees no issue as too big or too small, too easy or too challenging. Our approach is data-driven and our strategy is to use information and education, habitat restoration and enhancement, reclamation and regulations to promote complete and long-term solutions. While concessions are sometimes necessary, we will not agree to ineffective or dangerous compromises, quick fixes or temporary solutions. We see education, hands-on work, funding of worthwhile projects, negotiation, public advocacy and legislation as important tools for achieving our objectives.

To accomplish our goals, we have embraced experienced independent advocates who have dedicated themselves to understanding the many threats facing our native fish and the most effective ways to combat those threats. It is our intent to find common ground wherever possible and work with as many organizations, government agencies, businesses and clubs as we can. If you feel as we do, we would greatly appreciate your support. No donation or offer of help is too small or too large.
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Re: Native Fish Coalition

Postby Rusty Spinner on October 23rd, 2017, 8:13 pm

State chapters are being formed with several in place currently and several more in the works. Please feel free to contact me for more information or if you are interested in forming a NJ chapter. Today I accepted a role as their fish habitat expert on their national Advisory Council. This organization fills a void that other conservation organizations don't always fill as its focus is only on native fisheries and not wild, but introduced fish like brown trout for example.
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Re: Native Fish Coalition

Postby Rusty Spinner on November 20th, 2017, 10:17 am

Check out the new website, they did a nice job with it:

https://nativefishcoalition.org/
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