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Proposed Port of Morrow Site Statement

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Statement of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission on Treaty Fishing Activities at Proposed Port of Morrow Site

Paul Lumley
Executive Director

Today’s claim by Ambre Energy that their proposed coal transport project at the Port of Morrow will not interfere with tribal fishing activity is incorrect. The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and our member tribes submitted multiple letters and affidavits to state and federal entities documenting that this project interferes with tribal fishing. The tribes have relied on tribal fishing as a way of life since time immemorial. The tribes protected our tribal treaty fishing rights in the Treaties of 1855 and have continued to fight for these rights for future generations. I find it outrageous that Ambre Energy seeks to dismiss these facts and clear laws that protect the tribal fishery by a self-serving and biased declaration that tribal fishing does not exist.

Fish net buoys visible along the Port of Morrow riverbank.

Fish net buoys visible along the Port of Morrow riverbank.


About CRITFC The Portland-based Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is the technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies of the Columbia River Basin’s four treaty tribes: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Nez Perce Tribe.

CRITFC, formed in 1977, employs biologists, other scientists, public information specialists, policy analysts and administrators who work in fisheries research and analyses, advocacy, planning and coordination, harvest control and law enforcement.

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