Historically, nearly 300,000 wild spring Chinook called the Willamette Valley their home.
Today, less than 20,000 wild fish return, with about 30,000 to 70,000 hatchery fish supplementing the return.
We have the knowledge on what it will take to recover these fish -- we just need the political will to accomplish it!
That's what folks in the Pacific Northwest do best!
The Quest for 100k's objective is to get 100,000 spring Chinook back to the Willamette River each and every year for the benefit of sport anglers, food banks and the general overall ecology of the region. Sea lions are currently the major bottleneck for recovery of upper Willamette Basin salmon and steelhead stocks.
While sea lions are the major impediment to recover, other large factors are keeping us from attaining a consistent 100,000 fish return to the Willamette Basin. Dams, water quality and "washed-out" stocks of hatchery fish all need to be addressed, and will be addressed in the Quest for 100k campaign. Like removing gillnets off of our spring and summer Chinook fisheries on the mainstem Columbia, it will take time and resources, the most important resource is a sport angler presence, showing this is a priority for our community.
Join your fellow anglers, policy-makers, neighbors, teachers, and scientists in calling on Oregon and the Federal government to adopt policy and implement meaningful measures that ensure a future for Willamette Valley salmon and steelhead.
We will not stop until at least 100,000 spring Chinook return to the Willamette River each and every year!