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Tribes open commercial fishery for summer chinook and sockeye salmon


The Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama tribes began commercial sales from their summer fishery on June 17. Pre-season forecasts estimate a run of 73,500 summer chinook and 180,500 sockeye. Depending on the actual run sizes, Indian fishers may harvest approximately 20,000 summer chinook and 12,000 sockeye, most of which will be sold commercially.

Both treaty and non-treaty fishery catches will be adjusted throughout the season as the run size is updated. The tribal fishery is protected under 1855 treaties with the federal government, where the Yakama Nation, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce tribes reserved the right to fish at all usual and accustomed fishing places in the...

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