Protecting Fish and Watersheds
CRITFC provides invaluable biological research, fisheries management, hydrology, and other science to support the protection and restoration of Columbia River Basin salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon
Protecting Treaty Fishing Rights
CRITFC employs lawyers, policy analysts, and fisheries enforcement officers who work with state and federal agencies to ensure harvest sharing between tribal and non-tribal fisheries
Sharing Salmon Culture
Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum means "salmon people" and all residents of the Columbia River Basin are "Salmon People." It focuses on the importance of salmon and the environment in which salmon live.
Providing Fisher Services
CRITFC provides fishers from member tribes with resources to help them carry on the tradition of making a living from fishing. CRITFC also operates 31 fishing access sites along the Columbia River.
2013 Bonneville Dam Count
On Monday, 1,105 chinook passed Bonneville Dam.
So far 73,778 have passed this year.
Red: Current count for past 7 days
Blue: 10-year average count for past and upcoming 7 days
Genetically Modified Salmon
In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are culturally irreplaceable First Foods for the region’s tribal people, thus anything that could negatively affect them must be examined with the utmost care. Allowing the production of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon potentially threatens all the work that has been accomplished in rebuilding these fish.
Fluoride and Salmon
While the impact on the Columbia River salmon may or may not be minimal, we hope that the fluoridation issue is approached with adequate study and caution. Whatever the outcome of the fluoridation vote, we encourage the City of Portland to always explore the impacts that any of its actions may have on salmonids, lamprey, and other aquatic resources.
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.
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.