Wild release! Saving Columbia River Salmon
Using purse seines, the Colville Tribes are demonstrating how we can harvest salmon without harming endangered fish and wildlife.
For decades, Oregonians have worked to reform the use of indiscriminate gill nets by commercial fisherman on the Columbia River. These nets, which capture salmon and other fish by the fragile gills, kill not only hatchery fish, but also salmon from critically endangered wild runs. Worse, they can also capture and kill diving birds and aquatic mammals, from mergansers to river otters.
But on the upper Columbia, the Colville Tribes are demonstrating that there is a better way.