Click here for the CRITFC COVID-19 resources page. This is a constantly updated collection of resources and links to Coronavirus-related information geared specifically to the Columbia River tribal communities.
Message from the CRITFC Executive Director
CRITFC would like to thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work to respond to the constantly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. While our first priority is the safety of our employees and the tribal communities we serve, we are firmly committed to fulfilling our mission and responsibilities to our member tribes with the least amount of disruption possible.
We have particularly focused on being able to safely continue our public health and safety responsibilities that our CRITFC Enforcement and Fishing Site Maintenance teams provide.
All our offices are now closed to all visitors, with only limited access by essential staff to maintain critical functions and operations. All other employees are under mandatory telework. Many are working flexible hours to balance their family and personal needs resulting from this unprecedented situation. Reach out to them as you normally would, but please be patient if response time is delayed.
You can help us navigate these extraordinary circumstances in several ways:
- Please send requests or other communications to us electronically as you would normally. You can find employee emails and office phone numbers in CRITFC’s online staff directory. Some staff are forwarding their office phones or leaving alternate contact numbers in their outgoing voicemail message or at the end of their emails.
- With this limited capacity, we are prioritizing our resources at this time. Please advise us as to the urgency and significance of your requests and specify any important timeframes or deadlines so that we can do our best to respond accordingly.
- All CRITFC travel has been halted. We will be conducting the monthly Commission meetings by teleconference for the duration of this situation. All in-person meetings will be by teleconference or phone or postponed.
We are committed to upholding our mission amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and to continuing the important work we have underway with our many partners. We are confident that we can do so through continued communications, coordination, and collaboration with you and others.
Please stay healthy, safe, and in touch.
CRITFC Executive Director
CRITFC provides the tribes and the region with invaluable biological and ecological research, fisheries management, and other science to support the protection and restoration of Columbia River Basin salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon. The tribal vision is rebuild salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon populations to full productivity. Continue Reading »
In coordination with and under the direction of the member tribes, CRITFC’s team of lawyers, policy analysts, and fisheries enforcement officers work to ensure that tribal treaty rights are protected. We also work closely with state and federal agencies to ensure fair harvest sharing between the tribal and non-tribal fisheries. Continue reading»
The sacred First Foods and the tribal cultures based on them are threatened by our changing climate. The tribes are working to prepare for the coming changes, including helping salmon in an altered climate with habitat projects designed to cool down tributaries and exploring alternative hydrosystem operations. Continue Reading »
To ensure a unified voice in the overall
management of the fishery resources, and as
managers, to protect reserved treaty rights
through the exercise of the inherent sovereign
powers of the tribes.
– CRITFC mission