The Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force was convened in 2017 by NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) to develop shared goals and a comprehensive vision for the future of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. The Task Force is an unprecedented collaboration of different interests from across the Basin landscape—environmental, fishing, agricultural, utility, and river-user groups; local recovery groups; the states of Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon; and federally recognized tribes. The process arose from growing frustration across the region with uneven progress and conflicts around fish conservation and a widespread desire to find a better way. A report from Phase 1 (January 2017-March 2019) of this collaboration reflects consensus around a shared vision, qualitative goals and provisional quantitative goals for 24 stocks of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. Phase 2 of the effort explores scenarios for how the provisional quantitative goals might be achieved, and potential impacts on stakeholder interests. The process will run through June 2020.
For questions or information, please contact: Katherine Cheney, 503-231-6730, Katherine.Cheney@noaa.gov
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.