We support the Yakama Nation in rebuilding populations of coho salmon. Their vision is "to re-establish naturally spawning coho populations in mid-Columbia tributaries to biologically sustainable levels which provide significant harvest in most years."

Coho salmon are native to the Columbia River and were once found through the river system. But populations were decimated in the early 1900s. By the end of the 20th century, their range was restricted to the lower Columbia.

A range of factors worked against coho, from major hydropower projects to habitat degradation. While many challenges still exist, some conditions and practices have changed, opening potential for bringing coho back to the mid- and upper-Columbia River.

The Yakama Nation manages the coho restoration plan. We assist by raising their salmon at our facility, providing daily care until release.

Contact Information

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Hatchery Manager (Retired)
National Fish Hatchery System,
Fish and Aquatic Conservation



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The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
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The National Fish Hatchery System works to support healthy, self-sustaining populations of fish and other aquatic species across the country. Every year we raise and stock over 100 million fish to support the recovery and restoration of imperiled species, recreational fishing, and Tribal...


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The Mid-Columbia Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office provides technical fisheries assistance and cooperates with Service programs; other federal, state, and local agencies; tribes, and various entities to conserve aquatic species and their habitats in the mid- and upper-Columbia River Basin.