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Salmon Runs in Perspective

Last year, biologists predicted major returns of some salmon stocks, a forecast partly based on the very high returns of jacks the previous year. When the run forecasts were presented to the commissioners, there was a general sense of “we’ll believe it when we see...

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River Housing Review

As part of the Corps of Engineers’ tribal river housing review, it will conduct a series of interviews with tribal government representatives and elders who possess oral history of housing that existed along the Columbia River from present-day Bonneville Dam to McNary...

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2012 Salmon Run: Year in Review

Chinook The 2012 spring chinook return was both late timed and just below the average size since 2000. The summer chinook and fall chinook returns were close to average sized and were average timed. Spring and summer jack chinook returns were below average. Fall...

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Tribal River Housing Study

On November 2, the US Army Corps of Engineers hosted a meeting at the Discovery Center in The Dalles. The meeting was in response to the tribes’ request that the Corps conduct a study of tribal housing and infrastructure needs along the Columbia River. The meeting...

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Preparing for Winter

The end of the fall 2012 tribal salmon fishery marks the end of another productive and successful year for Columbia River salmon and the Indian fishers who depend on them. The numbers of returning salmon this year is a tribute to the four tribes’ hard work. Their...

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Canning Class a Success

The Salmon Marketing Program hosted a food safety canning class that focused on both subsistence and commercial requirements. A total of 33 fishers took part in the class. The workshop was sponsored by the First National Development Insitute’s food safety grant.

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In Remembrance: John Johnson

It was with heavy hearts that we received word that John Johnson, former Chief of CRITFC Enforcement, had passed away on October 12. John had served CRITFC for 26 years and was passionate about the organization’s mission and the role the Enforcement Department played...

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Protecting the Columbia River

The Columbia River treaty tribes support energy and economic development in the Columbia Basin Salmon. We do not support, however, energy and economic development in the Columbia River Basin that comes on the backs of salmon or at the expense of tribal fishers and the...

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Scenes from the River

The recent fires in the Columbia Gorge made for some spectacular sunrises. CRITFC’s Salmon Marketing Coordinator Les Brown caught this scene during the September 6 fishery...

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Looking Ahead: 2012 River Forecast

by Kyle Dittmer CRITFC Meteorologist/Hydrologist The spring melt and the high water levels (freshet) it brings to the Columbia River each year makes this time of year particularly dangerous for fishers. CRITFC monitors river conditions throughout the year and creates...

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