Chairman’s statement on House passage of the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act
“Nothing unites the people of the Northwest like our commitment to salmon. We applaud the US House of Representatives passage today of HR 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act and especially the unanimous bipartisan YES vote from the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho delegation.
“As Native people, we are committed to salmon protection and restoration. The management authority granted to the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce tribes in this bill honors our sovereignty and co-management authority. With the expanded range of options this legislation provides, we are optimistic about protecting salmon runs from this relatively new threat.”
— Casey Mitchell, CRITFC chairman
About CRITFC. The Portland-based Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is the technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies of the Columbia River Basin’s four treaty tribes: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Nez Perce Tribe.
CRITFC, formed in 1977, employs biologists, other scientists, public information specialists, policy analysts and administrators who work in fisheries research and analyses, advocacy, planning and coordination, harvest control and law enforcement.