This summer we all watched, transfixed, as a mother mourned.
Never has the plight of southern resident killer whales been so visible and undeniable. Never has the orca’s cry for salmon, the very sustenance it depends on for survival, reverberated so broadly. For us, it meant digging in even deeper to the work we do to restore salmon and steelhead populations for all.
We are experiencing fragile times in the Salish Sea. Orca whales and salmon—our twin icons—are but two casualties of the battering forces of population growth, human development, and climate change. Better understanding of the many threats facing these beloved species will be essential to helping them recover.
To build that understanding and restore abundant populations of salmon and orcas, we must appreciate the importance, and limitations, of scientific research; be agile in response to emerging information; be willing to act boldly, even in the face of uncertainty; and quickly bring together the resources, people, and political will to drive real results. These are the hallmarks of LLTK’s work.
We identify key problems impacting salmon recovery, then help to advance scientific understanding of those problems and align what’s needed to facilitate swift, effective, strategic solutions. Our approach is to work with others, be efficient, and ensure the widest possible support.
And it is resulting in significant gains:
LLTK’s work sets science into action, demonstrating what is possible when research is translated into tools we can all use to advance toward salmon recovery. We are putting healthy fish into Northwest waters, improving understanding of the obstacles facing their survival, and engaging the public in stewardship on their behalf.
Going into 2019, we carry with us many satisfying successes. But the loss of Tahlequah’s calf in August and another of J pod’s calves, Scarlet, in September, affirmed what we already knew instinctively—it is not enough. For 17 days Tahlequah told a story that no human words, or annual report, could adequately convey: We must do more. This is our home, and it would never be the same without our orcas and our salmon.
We invite you to join us.
Jacques White, LLTK Executive Director
Click on a work area below to learn how Long Live the Kings is building a future that balances the needs of orca whales, salmon, and people.
Click on the names below to expand the personal stories of some of the stakeholders who support Long Live the Kings’ work.
Thank you to our 2018 project partners. For a complete list of our 2017 individual, corporate, and in-kind donors, please download our printed
American Waterways Operators
City of Bellingham
City of Seattle
Dukes Chowder House
Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Science Associates
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Hama Hama Company
Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8)
Lilliwaup Falls Generating Company
Moran State Park
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Northwest Marine Trade Association
Ocean Networks Canada
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest Salmon Center
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Paul G. Allen Philanthropies
Point-No-Point Treaty Council
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Port of Seattle
Puget Sound Partnership & Salmon Recovery Council
Q13 FOX, KCPQ-TV
RPS Evans Hamilton
San Juan County
Seattle City Light
Skagit River System Cooperative
Skagit Watershed Council
Skokomish Tribal Nation
Squaxin Island Tribe
The Nature Conservancy
The SeaDoc Society
University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
University of Washington
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service
US Geological Survey
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Washington Department of Transportation
Washington Environmental Council
Washington Salmon Coalition
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office / Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office
Washington Sea Grant
Western Washington University
Wild Fish Conservancy
YMCA Camp Orkila
Support: $2,753,508 | Expenses: $2,826,973
Financial information from 2017 Federal 990 Report
International Commission: $388,678
Federal Government: $227,095
State Government: $704,501
Other Government (including Tribes): $106,663
Your gift to LLTK is an investment in the future of salmon. The return on that investment is healthy wild fish swimming in wild rivers, amidst a growing human population and a vibrant economy. Make your tax-deductible contribution today. Thank you.