Conserving this Nation’s fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of Tribes; they manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the Federal government and the Service have distinct and unique obligations toward Tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.
Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
The CRFPO was established to provide technical support to Columbia River tribes to ensure their fair share of fish harvest following landmark fishing-rights court cases. The office has since evolved to provide broader science-based support for fisheries on federal and tribal trust lands. Biologists tag more than 28 million fish a year to assess hatchery practices on salmon survival and determine how these fish contribute to tribal and non-tribal fisheries.
The CRFPO biologists explore the spectacular rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest to count fish and track fish movement with state-of-the-art technology. Sophisticated streamflow and fish population models assess the condition of fish populations and their habitats. The resulting data provide the USFWS and tribal partners with science-based information to make complex fisheries management decisions. (Howard Schaller).
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