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Tribes Open open First first Commercial commercial Fishery fishery of 2017


Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama tribal fishers are making their way to the Columbia River after the tribes opened the first commercial gillnet fishery of 2017 earlier today. They will harvest sockeye and summer chinook that will be available for purchase by the general public in time for the summer barbeque season.

Fisheries managers estimate that 198,500 sockeye and 63,100 summer chinook will return to the Columbia River over the next few weeks. These sizes of pre-season forecasted returns will allow tribal fishers to harvest approximately 17 thousand summer chinook and 14 thousand sockeye, providing a significant source of salmon to the general public throughout the summ...

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