2015 was filled with noteworthy events, milestones, and records from record-breaking salmon runs to tribal successes in restoration efforts. See our annual year in review page here.
CRITFC provides the tribes and the region with invaluable biological and ecological research, fisheries management, and other science to support the protection and restoration of Columbia River Basin salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon. The tribal vision is rebuild salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon populations to full productivity. Continue Reading »
In careful coordination with and under the director of the member tribes, CRITFC’s team of lawyers, policy analysts, and fisheries enforcement officers work to ensure that tribal treaty rights are protected. We also work closely with state and federal agencies to ensure fair harvest sharing between the tribal and non-tribal fisheries. Continue Reading »
CRITFC seeks to educate the region on the tribal perspective on salmon and lamprey restoration, the nature of treaty fishing rights, and tribal salmon culture. By sharing the message that all residents of the Columbia River Basin are “Salmon People,” we hope to inspire others to help restore and honor the salmon. Continue Reading »
To ensure a unified voice in the overall
management of the fishery resources, and as
managers, to protect reserved treaty rights
through the exercise of the inherent sovereign
powers of the tribes.
– CRITFC mission
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In the News
The federal hatcheries, along with others operated by the states, are mainly responsible for maintaining salmon runs now that the river system is dammed. A pending lawsuit by an environmental group is the latest challenge to federal salmon and steelhead hatcheries on the Columbia River, a decades-old system that has also faced some congressional scrutiny in recent years.
In what may be the first award of its kind, a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pay the Yakama Nation for past and future costs related to cleaning up a contaminated Columbia River island. The case focused on Bradford Island, a historical tribal fishing site where waste from Bonneville Dam was dumped for decades.
Six weeks ago, it looked as though a decade of negotiations on a water management plan for the Klamath River had led to nothing. Rep. Greg Walden, the Republican who represents the Oregon portion of the Klamath basin in the U.S.
Last week included one of the signature events on the Pacific Northwest's annual calendar: the setting of spring fishing seasons on the Columbia River. The forecast for the important spring Chinook run is about 300,000 to the river's mouth, about 28 percent fewer than last year but mor
Washington lawmakers held a committee meeting yesterday to hear testimony for a proposal that asks the federal government to support restoring salmon runs above Grand Coulee Dam. Salmon runs on the Upper Columbia River were halted by dam construction in the early 1940s.