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.
Bonneville Fish Count
Tribal Success: Snake River Fall Chinook
Last year, a record 56,000 Snake River fall chinook passed Lower Granite Dam. Making this even more impressive is that only 20 years ago, these fish were on the brink of extinction. This is one of the greatest achievements of Columbia River salmon restoration efforts... Continue Reading »
Sea Lion Season
The spring chinook will soon be returning to the Columbia River. Unfortunately this also means we can expect sea lions soon, too. Traps and hazing boats will be back on the river to deter them, however there is a strong likelihood that sea lions will still have... Continue Reading »
A Safer River for All
Paul Lumley, CRITFC Executive Director The 1970s was a time of great increases in Indian self-determination and rights advancement. In 1977, the four Columbia River treaty tribes formed CRITFC to exert their sovereignty in terms of fishery management and to ensure... Continue Reading »
2014 Water Supply Forecast
Kyle Dittmer, CRITFC Hydrologist/Meteorologist Normally the Pacific Northwest receives large volumes of snow and rain from October through March. The mountain snowpack is the source for spring-summer runoff that feeds the rivers. What happens if that moisture does... Continue Reading »
Safe Boating Tips
More than 90 percent of boat drowning victims weren’t wearing a life jacket. On the road, you wear your seat belt because you know you won’t have time to put it on in an accident. On the water, think about your life jacket the same way. It won’t work if you... Continue Reading »
2014 Future of Our Salmon Conference
The Future of Our Salmon Conferences facilitate dialogue between the co-managers other interested parties in an ongoing quest for a unified vision of salmon restoration in the Columbia River Basin. The 2014 conference will focus on restoring fish passage to historical locations throughout the Columbia River Basin, particularly for salmon, lamprey, sturgeon, and bull trout.
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.
Resident Fish Consumption Advisory
Oregon and Washington have issued two fish consumption advisories on 9/23/13 for RESIDENT FISH in the Columbia River caught between Bonneville and McNary dams due to high to moderate levels of mercury and PCBs. The Oregon Health Authority and Washington State Department of Health issued this advisory to limit people's exposure.
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.
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.