A Vision for Salmon and Steelhead: Goals to Restore Thriving Salmon and Steelhead to the Columbia River Basin
Phase 1 Report of the Columbia River Partnership Task Force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
Finalized May 2019
MAFAC’s Columbia Basin Partnership (CBP) Task Force developed an overarching long-term vision, qualitative goals, and provisional quantitative goals for recovery of all Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. The Phase 1 Recommendations Report presents a shared purpose gained through collaboration and envisions a future where coming generations enjoy healthy and abundant salmon and steelhead runs across the Columbia Basin. This report includes detailed summaries of the provisional quantitative goals for each of 24 stocks of salmon and steelhead in the basin and a description of the methodologies used to derive the goals (as Appendix A).
MAFAC approved and transmitted this report to Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries on April 30, 2019.
Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator (AA) for Fisheries, along with West Coast Region leaders, accept the goals in the Columbia Basin Partnership (CBP) Task Force’s Phase I Recommendations Report, as transmitted by MAFAC. NOAA Fisheries requested that MAFAC undertake this work, allowing this unprecedented collaboration of diverse interests from across the Basin.
The purpose of the CBP Task Force is to develop and support long-term goals for healthy and harvestable Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead, both ESA-listed and non-listed, that incorporate long-term conservation needs and provide harvest/fishing opportunities, while also satisfying tribal treaty/ trust responsibilities.
The CBP Task Force members represent environmental, fishing, agricultural, utility, and river-user interests; local recovery groups; the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana; and federally recognized tribes in the basin. These various entities and interests share overlapping and sometimes conflicting values and views about the Columbia River Basin and its salmon and steelhead.
The CBP Task Force is now charged by the MAFAC to work on Phase 2 of the process, which entails exploring scenarios for how the provisional goals might be achieved, identifying the implications of those scenarios for sovereign and stakeholder interests, and, potentially, revising the provisional goals as appropriate.