Northwest Tribes Celebrate Highest Fall Fish Returns to Columbia River Basin in 75 Years: CRITFC

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 The fall Chinook salmon return is still on track to blast through previous records, with this year surpassing even last year’s, the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) announced in September.

“For the second consecutive year, fall Chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River Basin are shattering modern-day records,” the CRITFC said in a statement last month. “The Northwest’s iconic fish are returning in numbers not seen since 1938—more than 75 years ago—when counting began after construction of the Bonneville Dam.”
 
In total, a record 2.3 million salmon and steelhead returned, exceeding the 2.1 million record set in 2011, the commission said, quoting figures from the Fish Passage Center. A single-day record was set on September 8, when 67,521 adult fall Chinook passed the Bonneville Dam, the CRITFC said.

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