Since the beginning the primary goal of the NCSSEF has been to support and fund projects that help both fish and fisherman.  Through the years we have used our dollars to fund and leverage additional funding for a variety of important projects.  Those investments have resulted in millions of dollars worth of improvements to our North Coast fisheries. 


Trask Hatchery Re-Circulation Pumps

NCSSEF funds were used to purchase electric pumps for Trask Hatchery. These pumps were installed on the two largest rearing ponds. The pumps will allow hatchery personnel to re-circulate water through the ponds during high water events. This will reduce the amount of silt accumulation in the pond, which reduces cleaning time and maintains a healthier environment for the fish.  This project is especially beneficial to the smolts from the winter steelhead broodstock program, which are raised in these ponds over the winter months.

Necanicum River Habitat Restoration

NCSSEF contributed funding towards the completion of a habitat project on the mainstem Necanicum River. This project will benefit a variety of fish species (fall chinook, coho, chum, winter steelhead, cutthroat trout) through the addition of large woody debris and boulders. This created additional in-stream habitat complexity and added cover to an area of stream lacking these qualities. Fish will benefit from the additional rearing habitat and refuge created by this project. In addition, approximately 300 feet of river bank was planted with native riparian vegetation to restore the natural functions of this important streamside area.

Broodstock Collection Program

NCSSEF funds have been used to purchase equipment necessary for volunteer anglers to transport wild winter steelhead broodstock for hatchery programs in the Wilson and Nestucca rivers, and fall chinook in the Nestucca basin.  Equipment purchases included several aluminum tanks and numerous batteries for operation of the aeration systems needed to keep fish alive during holding and transport to collection facilities.

Trask Hatchery Screens

NCSSEF funds were used to purchase new aluminum pond screens for Trask Hatchery. The screens were installed on the two largest rearing ponds to replace older, wood framed screens. The new screens allow for smaller mesh sizes to be switched with larger sizes as fish grow in the pond. This causes less restriction and allows more water flow through the ponds, which allows the ponds to be cleaned more quickly, contributing toward a healthier, less stressful environment for juvenile fish. 

Portable Liberation Tank

NCSSEF funds were used to purchase a new portable liberation tank and associated equipment (aerators, oxygen system, wiring) for ODFW's Tillamook District. The portable tank is used by the district, local hatcheries, and volunteers to transport several varieties of fish for a number of different purposes. The primary use is for recycling adult steelhead through local fisheries. 

Siskeyville Boat Slide

NCSSEF, ODF&W Enhancement Program and FEMA funds were used to rebuild the Siskeyville slide on the Wilson River.  The previous slide was old and required almost yearly maintenance and the November 2006 flood caused significant damage requiring full replacement.  The new slide is built to stand up to the rigors of heavy use and the environment.