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Tribes & Culture

Put Fish Back in the Rivers and Protect Watersheds

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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.


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Climate Change

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.

Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit

“Spirit of the Salmon,” the tribes’ holistic salmon restoration plan.

Hagerman Genetics Lab

CRITFC, in partnership with the University of Idaho, operate this lab to increase our understanding of fish biology and genetics.

Restoration Successes

Tribal restoration projects throughout the Columbia River Basin have helped stop the salmon decline and put them back on the road to recovery.

Restoration by the Numbers

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Juvenile salmon out planted by four member tribes in 2009

Miles of stream improved over the past decade