Our history

The Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with headquarters in San Francisco, California. Established in 1993 by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), IFR is responsible for carrying out the fishery research and conservation needs of working fishing men and women. Initially, IFR helped fishermen in California and the Pacific Northwest address salmon protection and restoration issues, with particular focus on dam, water diversion, and forestry concerns. Since 1998, IFR’s range of programs has greatly expanded to encompass conservation projects and policy debates at the regional, national, and international levels. Thanks in part to funding provided by private foundation grants, government contracts, and individual donations, IFR continues to work towards its vision of global sustainable fisheries.

Our mission

The Institute for Fisheries Resources is dedicated to the protection and restoration of fish resources and the human economies that depend on them. By establishing alliances among fishing men and women, government agencies, and concerned citizens, IFR unites resource stakeholders, protects fish populations, and restores aquatic habitats.

What we do

Unite. Protect. Restore.

  • Unite. By fostering alliances between commercial fishing groups, conservation organizations, government agencies, and scientists. IFR seeks to advance its advocacy work on common resource protection and conservation issues. Through these cooperative efforts, we are helping to correct dangerous land use policies and practices, protect watersheds along the United States’ Pacific Coast, and maintain biologically healthy ecosystems.
  • Protect. IFR is dedicated to organizing and activating the commercial fishing community as a voice for protection of this nations’ irreplaceable natural resources, including the protection of wetlands, clean water, and forest ecosystems. We also seek to educate the community at large concerning the protection of our biological resources. Toward this end, IFR staff prepare and publish a weekly newsletter that reports on impending legislation, upcoming events, and calls to action.
  • Restore. IFR is committed to ensuring that environmental practices and policies designed to protect inland forests, rivers, wetlands, estuarine, and coastal ecosystems are adopted and properly implemented. For this reason, IFR is an active leader in several restoration efforts, including programs affecting Butte Creek, the Klamath River Basin, and the San Francisco Bay.

What makes IFR different

The difference between IFR and other conservation organizations is that the inspiration for our work is the fishing community itself. Our board of directors consists of fishing men and women who represent small to mid-sized fisheries along the US Pacific Coast. They realize that the way of life they treasure cannot continue unless 1) habitat is protected and restored, and 2) fish stocks are rebuilt and harvested in a sustainable manner. Our unique role as a “bridge” between traditional conservationist organizations and the commercial fishing industry enables us to build strategic alliances. In this way, we can reinforce essential conservation campaigns while underscoring the connection between environmental protection and a sound and sustainable economy.

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