Yakama Nation Fisheries Projects

Industrial and agricultural pollution and toxic contamination, dams that block fish migration and access to spawning habitat—the decline of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and lamprey in the Columbia River is has many causes. To restore the river and the life that depends upon it, the Yakama Nation Fisheries is employing many and varied strategies, simultaneously. In some areas, habitat recovery is the key; in others, supplementation of salmon runs may need to be the driver.

Last updated: Mon, 04/27/2020

Summer- and fall-run chinook were once abundant in the Yakima River Basin, but the runs were decimated as a result of historical land and water development and fisheries management practices.

Last updated: Fri, 04/24/2020

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Last updated: Fri, 04/24/2020

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Last updated: Thu, 03/26/2020

The Yakama Nation's Fisheries Resource Management Program (FRMP) is tasked with managing and carrying out the deliverables for the Tribal Response grant.

Last updated: Fri, 02/21/2020

To restore sustainable and harvestable populations of salmon, steelhead, and other at-risk species, the YKFP is evaluating all stocks historically present in the Yakima and Klickitat Subbasins and, using principles of adaptive management, is apply

Last updated: Fri, 02/21/2020

Background: During the pre-treaty era, 44,000 to 150,000 coho returned to the Yakima Subbasin annually. By the mid-1980s they were extinct. Habitat loss and overharvest are factors that led to the extinction.

Last updated: Wed, 02/12/2020

Yakama Nation Fisheries is seeking proposals from qualified engineering firms to award a design and engineering services contract in support of salmon habitat restoration activities taking place in the Upper Entiat River Watershed in Chelan County

Last updated: Mon, 02/10/2020

Yakama Nation Fisheries is seeking proposals from qualified engineering firms to award a construction oversight services contract in support of salmon habitat restoration activities taking place along Skinney Creek, a tributary of Chiwaukum Creek,

Last updated: Wed, 01/15/2020

The Yakima Basin "Wood Fiesta" Helicopter Aquatic Restoration project is a multi-watershed collaborative effort aimed at enhancing aquatic habitat in remote watersheds that have been greatly altered by past management practices. 

Last updated: Tue, 10/22/2019

Four nursery lakes in the Yakima River Basin, which historically produced an estimated annual return of at least 200,000 sockeye, were removed from production in the early 1900s when irrigation storage dams were constructed without passage.  The Y