Coho salmon return to Oregon’s Grande Ronde

NOAA News –

Coho salmon are swimming in Oregon’s Grande Ronde River Basin for the first time in decades following the release of 500,000 juvenile coho in the Lostine River, a tributary of the Grande Ronde, by the Nez Perce Tribe and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The release on March 9, 2017, continued efforts by the Nez Perce and other tribes to rebuild naturally spawning populations of coho throughout the Columbia Basin that will support tribal and non-tribal fisheries. The revival of coho is expected to provide cultural and economic benefits for the Tribe as well as rural Oregon communities.

“It is a great honor to be able to witness the first steps in reintroducing coho salmon — ‘cuhlii’ as they are known to the Nez Perce people — back to an area where they have been absent for far too long,” said Mary Jane Miles, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, in describing the release.  “The Tribe has worked towards this day for almost 30 years and it is wonderful to see the fruits of that labor become a reality.”

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