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Tribal netters to sell salmon along lower Columbia as fall season opens

Columbia River tribal gillnet fishermen are selling their spring chinook salmon. (courtesy)
Columbia River tribal gillnet fishermen are selling their spring chinook salmon. (courtesy)

FISHERIES -- Coinciding with Monday's solar eclipse, Columbia River Indian-caught salmon will be available for sale along the lower river as Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes pull in nets during the first significant commercial opening of the fall season.

The chinook will make their way into regional grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as being sold directly by tribal fishers at locations along the river, according to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Common sale locations include: Marine Park (Cascade Locks), North Bonneville (one mile east of Bonneville Dam on the Washington shore), Koberg (east of Hood River), and Celilo Village.

In a release, the commissions says the tribal fishery is closely monitored throughout the season and is adjusted as the run progresses to ensure that the fishery remains within the harvest limits established under the U.S. v. Oregon fisheries management agreement.

“The tribes played a major role in rebuilding fall chinook to harvestable populations and are now putting these salmon on the market through a carefully managed and sustainable fishery,” said Jaime A. Pinkham, commission executive director.

For updates on sale locations, availability and purchasing tips, go online to or call the commision's salmon marketing program, (888) 289-1855.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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