Tribal Fisheries

Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest have relied upon the fish, wildlife, and plants of the Willamette River basin for thousands of years. These resources are an essential part of tribal sustenance, cultural and spiritual customs, and they have declined significantly over the past 150 years.

This indicator is based on whether tribal harvest fisheries for wild Chinook, steelhead, and lamprey are permitted.

Pacific lamprey are highly valued as one of the ceremonial “First Foods” by Northwest tribes. Photo courtesy of Dave Herasimischuk (Freshwaters Illustrated).