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Two-Day Conference Scheduled Next Week To Discuss Columbia Basin Hatchery Policies, Issues
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 (PST)

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and its member tribes - the Umatilla, Yakama, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce - will bring together tribal, state, and federal fisheries co-managers, environmental groups, and the interested public to the second Future of Our Salmon Conference.

This year’s conference will focus on hatchery policies and how they can best shape salmon recovery efforts in the Columbia River Basin region as a whole. The conference takes place October 17-18 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Conference panelists and participants will discuss hatcheries from a scientific, management, and legal perspective. Members of various fishing communities will explore the public benefits of hatcheries.

Tribal and state biologists will highlight various hatchery programs that are rebuilding salmon populations throughout the region. Executives from the tribes, states, Bonneville Power Administration and NOAA Fisheries will end the conference with a strategy on how to move forward. By gathering all the agencies with co-management authority, the tribes hope that the conference will result in a vision of a successful hatchery program that the entire region can support.

“Hatcheries are a necessary tool to rebuild and maintain Columbia Basin salmon populations,” said N. Kathryn “Kat” Brigham, CRITFC chairwoman. “The key is to utilize hatcheries in a way that benefits everyone and allows us all to move forward together.”

The conference is being sponsored by the BPA, Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, Columbia River Gorge Commission, Hobbs Strauss Dean & Walker, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Everyone in the Pacific Northwest benefits from healthy and sustainable salmon populations but we need to talk about how we are going to get there. We need to talk about what recovery looks like and how hatcheries can best help us reach this goal,” said Paul Lumley, executive director for CRITFC.

The conference is open to fishers, environmental organizations, government representatives, and the public. Registration is available online or at the door.

For more information on the conference or to register visit: www.critfc.org/future.

Portland-based CRITFC is the technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies for the four Columbia River basin tribes.
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