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Restoration Success

Success in putting fish back in the rivers

Against all odds, we have salmon in the Columbia River, thanks in large part to over 25 years of coordinated efforts by the tribes. Written in 1995 by CRITFC, the four tribes’ anadromous fish restoration plan, Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit, calls for actions to put fish back in the rivers using new propagation strategies to reestablish wild salmon runs. Rather than relying on conventional hatchery rearing and release methods, the tribes are using supplementation and other techniques to return salmon to their natural habitat.

Each tribe has examples of success they have achieved through the implementation of Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit. Read more about some of these successes below.

Download a print version of all the Tribal Restoration Success Stories (5MB). The print downloads for separate stories are available on the individual project success pages.

Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery

Located on the banks of the Clearwater River in Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery Complex is the main facility supporting the Clearwater River component of the Snake River fall chinook program.