A salmon swims in a river


Salmon are anadromous, which means they are born in freshwater, spend most of their lives in saltwater, and return to freshwater to spawn. Because of this life history, they are affected by a wide variety of factors in the ocean and on land, including ocean and climatic conditions, dams, habitat loss, urbanization, agricultural and logging practices, water diversion, and predators (including humans). Salmon are an important source of spiritual and physical sustenance for Northwest Indian tribes, and they are culturally important to many other residents of the Northwest.

Because salmon migrate so far when in the ocean, managing ocean salmon fisheries is an extremely complex task.

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Upcoming Council Meeting

Sep 8–18, 2020

Online only

This meeting will be conducted online only. Online meeting participation details will be posted as they become available.


A shallow, rocky creek flows into a larger river, surrounded by trees


Robin Ehlke