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 Fish Count
On Monday, -1 fall chinook passed Bonneville Dam. So far 953,212 have passed this year.
Red: Current count for past 7 days
Blue: 10-year average count for past and upcoming 7 days
CRITFC Climate Research Highlighted in Scientific Journal
Some of the climate research CRITFC scientists have been conducting was selected for a special issue of Climatic Change Journal. The October 2013 issue of this peer-reviewed scientific journal was devoted exclusively to climate change impacts on indigenous communities... Continue Reading »
Pacific Salmon Commission Update
The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) meeting cycle is coming up. The post-season meeting will be January 13-16 in Portland and the annual meeting will be February 10-13 in Vancouver, BC. The PSC process covers a wide range of fisheries from the Fraser River sockeye... Continue Reading »
Striped Bass in the Columbia River?!
This summer, striped bass—also known as “striper”—were recorded several times this summer in the Columbia River. Striped bass are native to the East Coast, but have been non-native residents of the West Coast since the 1880s. Though they are primarily... Continue Reading »
Looking Back; Looking Forward
Our upcoming annual report includes a section looking back over CRITFC’s three and a half decades. While going through the list of accomplishments, I couldn’t help but look forward to some new challenges that await us. The toxic contamination in the waters... Continue Reading »
Tribal Steelhead Kelt Project
On October 17, tribal and CRITFC staff released 57 adult steelhead that had been successfully reconditioned as part of a CRITFC/Nez Perce research program. Through the program, post-spawn adult steelhead are trapped at Lower Granite Dam, transported to Dworshak... 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.