Nez Perce Tribe’s Coho Salmon program started in 1995 to restore the once abundant species to the Clearwater. The Tribe used surplus Coho eggs from the lower Columbia River funded by Pacific Salmon Recovery Funds and Mitchell Act Funds.
For the first time, Coho returns are approaching the tribal goal of 14,000 adults returning annually to the Clearwater Basin. Many of the returning Snake River Coho are caught in tribal and other fisheries in the Columbia River and a Nez Perce Tribal Fishery in the Clearwater Basin Rivers.
"Just as when Lewis and Clark arrived in the Northwest, the tribe continues to work to preserve and protect its resources, but it also shares in the bounty of those resources."
Silas Whitman, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribe