2014 Year in Review
Click here for CRITFC's major accomplishments and highlights of 2014.
Restoration to Harvestable Levels
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit continues a tribal tradition of sound resource management.
Combining Science and Traditional Wisdom
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit combines cutting edge science with traditional tribal knowledge.
Restoration to Harvestable Levels
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit seeks to restore salmon to healthy levels that support a robust tribal and non-tribal fishery.
2015 Bonneville Fish Count
On Tuesday, 3,021 summer chinook passed Bonneville Dam. So far 56,218 have passed this year.
Current year: red line; 10-year average: light blue area. Graph shows entire run period.
Full fish counts »
2015 Fishers Expo
The Columbia River Indian Fishers Expo is hosted by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. This event provides Indian fishers with information, resources, and training that will help them improve river safety, fish quality, and equipment maintenance.... Continue Reading »
Celebrating Success and Continuing the Work
CRITFC Executive Director Paul Lumley’s Message This year’s spring chinook run was full of surprises—it came in especially early, quickly, and larger than expected. The fish counts at Lower Granite Dam, the eighth and final dam that fish must cross to... Continue Reading »
CRITFC Intern Spotlight: Truman Merrifield
Warm Springs tribal member Truman Merrifield was selected as an intern in CRITFC’s TRAIL Project. This project aims to foster the educational pursuits of Indian students studying Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) degrees by providing research... Continue Reading »
Willamette Falls Lamprey Harvest 2015
With no obstructions all the way to the Pacific Ocean, Willamette Falls on the Willamette River in Oregon City, Oregon is one of the last major lamprey harvest sites left in the Columbia River Basin. Tribal fishers from the Warm Springs, Yakama, and Umatilla tribes... Continue Reading »
Forecasting Salmon Runs
CRITFC Executive Director Paul Lumley’s Message One of the key pieces of information in fishery planning is the pre-season forecast—an estimate of how many salmon will be returning. This isn’t always a perfect science and it is based on past perfomance.... Continue Reading »
Columbia River Sea Lions
Columbia Basin residents have supported and invested in salmon recovery efforts for decades to improve the status of salmon. A number of California sea lions have learned to exploit an artificial situation at Bonneville Dam to disproportionately impact depressed salmon runs.Continue Reading »
Each week, the CRITFC workforce development program will post educational and workforce development opportunities. The categories include K-12 opportunities, internships, scholarships, jobs, and professional development opportunities. Visit the page here.Continue Reading »
Integrating Floodplain Management and Salmon Conservation
Can floodplains be managed to provide a healthier ecosystem, improve water quality and minimize flood consequences consistent with sustainable development? An expert group of speakers will explore these topics at an upcoming Continuing Legal Education course hosted by CRITFC and OLI on Nov. 7.Continue Reading »
This ancient fish has survived ice ages, mass extinctions, and shifting continental plates for hundreds of millions of years. Now, in less than a century, they have declined to the point where their very existence is in peril. The tribes of the Columbia Basin, honor-bound to protect them, are working to restore this important part of the ecosystem and tribal culture.Continue Reading »
Columbia Gorge Coal Transport
Three proposals are being considered that would transport coal through the Columbia River Gorge to be shipped to Asia. All of these projects will affect the Columbia and those who depend on it, creating environmental injustice as the burdens of the projects fall on those who will reap the least benefits.Continue Reading »