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 steelhead and support sustainable fishing. LLTK pursues projects and partnerships that compel scientifically-credible and transparent changes to harvest, hatchery, and habitat management. LLTK brings innovative tools, proven processes, and a track record of success to each of our projects, while building new and necessary constituencies and partnerships to support positive 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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1326 5th Ave Ste 450 
(206) 382-9555 

Jacques White 
Executive Director 


Long Live the Kings Programs

The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project
The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is an ambitious U.S.–Canada research partnership to determine the causes of salmon and steelhead mortality in the Salish Sea, a problem described as one of the most critical issues facing managers of resources in our shared waters. While we have a clear understanding of the factors affecting salmon in freshwater, we know little about salmon in salt water.

Led by LLTK in the U.S., and the Pacific Salmon Foundation in Canada, the project is a precedent-setting international collaboration that brings together multidisciplinary expertise from over 40 federal and state agencies, Tribes, academia, and nonprofit organizations on both sides of the border. Its purpose is to advance understanding of how salmon and steelhead interact with the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the Salish Sea, and to identify actions to reduce mortality in the marine environment.

This is the largest-scale and most important research effort of its kind. Outcomes from this extensive transboundary effort will help managers prioritize decisions about hatcheries, harvest, and habitat; increase sustainable fishing opportunities; and advance the recovery of ESA-listed salmon, steelhead, and southern resident killer whales. The project will take approximately 8 years to complete (2012-2019), with a projected budget of $20 million ($10M each in U.S. and Canada).

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Recent Success
Precedent-Setting International Research Project Seeks to Improve Salmon and Steelhead Survival in the Salish Sea.

Twenty years after the crash of Chinook, coho and steelhead production in the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound, Long Live the Kings (U.S.) and the Pacific Salmon Foundation (Canada) have developed a comprehensive approach to determine the primary factors affecting juvenile Chinook, coho, and steelhead survival in the Salish Sea.

In 2013, LLTK worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Treaty Tribes, U.S. Geological Survey, and NOAA and UW scientists on a comprehensive research plan aimed at determining the causes of steelhead mortality in Puget Sound. A subset of the larger Salish Sea study, the plan consists of eleven studies—utilizing existing data, extensive field work, and new genetic analysis approaches—to be carried out in 2014 and 2015.

The latest information regarding The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is regularly presented at regional, national and international conferences, is published in refereed scientific journals, and is making its way into management decisions for the Salish Sea. LLTK Executive Director Jacques White, LLTK Program Manager Michael Schmidt, and Pacific Salmon Foundation CEO, Dr. Brian Riddell, regularly give presentations on this important collaborative project.

Current Need
The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is gaining momentum and research is underway. Although LLTK and the Pacific Salmon Foundation have raised initial funds, there is still a great deal of funding needed to ensure that this important project is successful.


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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