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Conservation Enforcement

Assist the member tribes in maintaining the integrity of treaty reserved rights and in carrying out tribal co-management responsibilities and regulatory authority by providing law enforcement services as an integral and highly visible component of the tribes’ treaty rights to self-regulation.

CRITFC Enforcement Sergeant Mitch Hicks patrolling the Columbia River.

Project Goal

Assist the member tribes in maintaining the integrity of treaty reserved rights and in carrying out tribal co-management responsibilities and regulatory authority by providing law enforcement services as an integral and highly visible component of the tribes’ treaty rights to self-regulation.

Impacts

Deterrence, detection, and enforcement of offenses minimizes unlawful impacts on fishery resources.

Background

All anadromous fish heading to tributary spawning grounds above Bonneville Dam travel through the CRITFE patrol area. Sturgeon and resident fish are also present and in need of protection in the zone 6 area. CRITFE officers patrol the zone 6 area by vehicle and boat for illegal activity by tribal members regulated by tribal code and for illegal activity by sport fishermen regulated by Oregon State law in the concurrent jurisdictional waters of the Columbia River.

Project Tasks

  1. Fund three officer positions for the contract period
  2. Spring/summer Chinook conservation enforcement
  3. Fall Chinook conservation enforcement
  4. Regional coordination
  5. Law Enforcement training
  6. Conservation Enforcement Outreach and Education
  7. Attend quarterly CBLEC meetings

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