An interesting article out Tuesday in the Oregonian tells the story of tribal commercial fishermen on the Columbia. The feature article which includes some nice photos, explains that the tribes are increasingly focused on improving the quality of their product and marketing their fish effectively throughout the region. This years projected return of fall Chinook to the Columbia is around 660,000 and tribal fisherman hope to harvest about 150,000 of the returning fish. However, the harvest goals must also be carefully balanced with the challenge of limiting by-catch of other, more fragile runs in the Columbia and Snake.
More information in the Oregonian: