Science and Restoration
Put Fish Back in the Rivers and Protect Watersheds
CRITFC provides the tribes and the region with invaluable biological research, fisheries management, hydrology, and other science to support the protection and restoration of Columbia River Basin salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon. The vision of this goal is to reverse the decline of salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon and rebuild their numbers to full productivity. This work is guided by the holistic principles outlined in Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (Spirit of the Salmon), the tribal salmon plan that addresses recommended restoration actions in every phase of the salmon’s lifecycle from stream to ocean and back.
Perhaps one of the greatest threats to salmon, humans, and the ecosystem is climate change. The tribes are working to understand and prepare for a changing climate.
Hagerman Genetics Lab
CRITFC, in partnership with the University of Idaho, operate this lab to increase our understanding of fish biology and genetics.
Tribal restoration projects throughout the Columbia River Basin have helped stop the salmon decline and put them back on the road to recovery.