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.
2014 Bonneville Fish Count
On Wednesday, 2,512 spring chinook passed Bonneville Dam. So far 25,568 have passed this year.
A Memorial to Those Lost; A Reminder to Those Who Remain
On April 4, I joined around 250 others who had come to Columbia Hills State Park outside Dallesport. We gathered there to bless the river and fishers, asking the Creator for a safe fishing season. We also gathered to remember those who have lost their lives while... Continue Reading »
New Research Boat
The CRITFC Fish Science team recently received delivery on a new research boat. It is 26 feet long and 8½ feet wide. It has two 150 horsepower motors. The boat was purchased with Bonneville Power Administration funding made available through the Columbia Basin... Continue Reading »
2014 River Forecast
The annual spring snow pack melt is called a freshet. Freshets help flush salmon smolts downriver quickly, but also make it dangerous for fishers out on the water and along banks. CRITFC monitors river conditions throughout the year and works to predict when and... Continue Reading »
Blessing of the River and Memorial Site Dedication
On April 4, around 250 people gathered at Columbia Hills State Park in Dallesport, Washington for a blessing of the river and dedication of the proposed Fishers Memorial that the tribes hope to have built there. The event included drummers singing three sets of... Continue Reading »
Calling the Salmon Home to the Upper Columbia
On March 18-20, over 100 tribal, state, and federal leaders and staff members met at the Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Hotel to discuss technical, cultural, social, institutional, and economic issues associated with restoring adult and juvenile fish passage... 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.