Long Live the Kings 


Since our founding in 1986, Long Live the Kings (LLTK) has created and delivered projects designed to conserve wild salmon and support sustainable fishing. LLTK pursues projects and partnerships that compel scientifically-credible and transparent changes to harvest, hatchery, and habitat management to protect and restore wild salmon. LLTK brings innovative tools, proven processes, and a track record of success to each of our projects, while building new and necessary constituencies and support for change. LLTK helps those who make decisions about salmon to be successful.
Mission Statement
The mission of Long Live the Kings is to restore wild salmon and steelhead, and support sustainable fishing in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
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Long Live the Kings
1326 5th Ave Ste 450 
(206) 382-9555 

Jacques White 
Executive Director 


Long Live the Kings Programs

Salish Sea Marine Survival Project
Juvenile salmon and steelhead are currently showing very poor survival in the shared marine waters of Washington and British Columbia. While we have a clear understanding of the factors affecting salmon in freshwater, we know little about salmon in the marine environment. To identify the leading causes of weak marine survival, LLTK has combined efforts with the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) of B.C., and scientists and managers from both countries to initiate the ecosystem-wide Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. The effort will leverage resources across multiple disciplines, and coordinate basin-wide research, helping create new solutions that support wild fish recovery and sustainable fisheries.

Tracking Progress on Chinook Recovery
Recovery of threatened Chinook salmon is guided by the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, which was adopted by NOAA in 2007.  However, to date there has not been a comprehensive evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of this effort. Now, a project team lead by LLTK is working with each of 16 watersheds and the Puget Sound Partnership to develop monitoring and adaptive management plans to track, improve and advance progress toward Chinook recovery.
Steelhead Recovery Planning
LLTK is engaged in a new effort to expand the success of our steelhead recovery work on Hood Canal to other rivers and streams of the eastern Olympic Peninsula. Staff are helping to identify critical population habitat needs of steelhead, the condition of local populations and habitat, prioritized threats to steelhead, and important information gaps. Once work is completed, managers in local watersheds will develop recovery plans with specific actions and monitoring plans.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

As a key step in the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, LLTK and PSF organized and hosted a workshop in November 2012 in Bellingham. The objective of the workshop was to determine the critical elements for a joint US-Canada research program to identify the primary factors affecting the survival of salmon and steelhead in the Salish Sea.

The workshop was attended by over 90 U.S. and Canadian scientists and managers. These experts reviewed what we currently know and don’t know about salmon and steelhead in the marine environment. After reviewing the information, the experts concluded that: a) a collaborative, US-Canada research program has significant ecological and operational merit, b) the program should be focused predominantly on evaluating the fish themselves, but be comprehensive enough to account for relevant ecosystem interactions, and c) further evaluation of existing data is warranted, but obvious information gaps should also be addressed immediately through new field research. The experts also recommended comparing food limitation and predation as the fundamental hypotheses driving the research.


Long Live the Kings (LLTK) is committed to restoring wild salmon and steelhead to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. While other environmental nonprofits are focused on water quality and habitat issues, they focus on issues surrounding hatcheries and fisheries management.

Proven Success
LLTK has demonstrated its impact to the environmental community and is consistently selected by government agencies to lead salmon management projects. They were designated by Congress as facilitators for the Puget Sound and Coastal Washington Hatchery Reform Project, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the facilitator for their review of all nationally-operated hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest, and by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to facilitate their development of a comprehensive management approach called the 21st Century Salmon and Steelhead Framework.

Best Practices
In looking toward making the largest impact, LLTK have recognized that their work needs to be about all levels of salmon management: hatcheries, harvest and habitat. Its philosophy to implementing salmon management reform is that it must be science-based, transparent and accountable. They are involved in the development of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council’s Integrated Watershed Management Plan to help ensure a sustainable, healthy ecosystem in the Hood Canal region, and provide expertise on salmon management. LLTK is particularly focused on community development and engagement in this process. This ecosystem approach could become a model for the Puget Sound.

LLTK is seen as a trusted third-party which makes it possible for the organization to bring stakeholders together and make recommendations for salmon management to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and tribes, among others.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

6/10/2010 $5,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/22/2007 $8,000.00purchase equipment, software and training for the Network Upgrade.


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