NOAA Fisheries and its Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) convened the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force (Partnership) in 2017, bringing together diverse representatives from across the Columbia Basin to establish a common vision and goals for the Columbia Basin and its salmon and steelhead. The diverse group of parties on the Partnership includes Columbia Basin tribes; fishing, agriculture, conservation, river transportation, port, and hydropower interests; and the states of Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon. All of these parties want to ensure that healthy runs of salmon and steelhead thrive into the future. Meeting the needs of our diverse social, cultural, and economic landscape — while leaving future generations with abundant, resilient salmon and a healthy ecosystem — will take ingenuity, innovation, and partnership.
The Phase 2 (Final) Report summarizes Partnership efforts and accomplishments through September 2020. An overarching message from Partnership members is a strong sense of urgency that immediate action is needed to address salmon and steelhead declines. The report provides recommendations for continuing collaboration going forward to further define and implement strategies to achieve the Partnership Goals. The report serves as the Partnership’s final recommendations to the NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.
For questions or information, please contact: Katherine Cheney, 503-231-6730, Katherine.Cheney@noaa.gov
- MAFAC Terms of Reference for Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force
- Columbia River Basin Salmon and Steelhead Long-term Recovery Situation Assessment
- Partnership brings new direction to Columbia Basin salmon, Guest Column, The Oregonian - Barry Thom, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Regional Administrator
The purpose of these background workshops was to provide information about many different aspects of salmon recovery to bring potential Task Force members to a common understanding as they consider whether or not they wanted to participate.