CRITFC provides its four member tribes with technical assistance on harvest, hatchery, water management, and fish passage issues. This work includes tracking the catch of Columbia River salmon from southeast Alaska all the way to the Columbia River tributaries. The Fisheries Management team helps the tribes coordinate with state and federal agencies to ensure that the tribes receive an equitable share (1/2 of the harvest) of Columbia River salmon.
The fish management team also reviews hatchery management plans with an eye toward compatibility with the naturally spawning population and devises plans that aim to increase the survival of juvenile and adult salmon as they migrate through the hydropower system. Tribal policy makers use CRITFC’s technical information and expertise to formulate management positions that reflect the tribal goal of returning naturally spawning fish to all their usual and accustomed fishing places. The Fisheries Management team assists the CRITFC commissioners in their participation on the Pacific Salmon Commission and other intergovernmental bodies overseeing salmon fisheries in the Columbia River Basin..