A Huge Fall Chinook Run Saves Season for Columbia River Tribal Fishers

Posted: January 2, 2014  |  By: Thomas Boyd [The Oregonian]

Those ceremonial fish are important. Not just any fish will do for the first foods ceremony. They are caught, prepared and eaten with strict adherence to the Seven Drums religious tradition.

In May, the count gave evidence of a bad year. News reports predicted doom. Even Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano got in on the story, wondering when the fish would just give up.

They expected less than the 10-year average of spring Chinook. Fisheries managers talked about limiting the days of the season. They were carefully managing the run and using many complex strategies to conserve the run.

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