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Grand Ronde Tribal members harvest salmon at Willamette Falls first time in 120 years

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Grand Ronde Tribal member catching a summer steelhead at Willamette Falls on June 8. (Courtesy: Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) Grand Ronde Tribal member catching a summer steelhead at Willamette Falls on June 8. (Courtesy: Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde)
OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde members harvested salmon at Willamette Falls for the first time in more than 120 years.

On April 22, the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission voted to allow ceremonial fishing by Grand Ronde Tribal members at Willamette Falls.

This action restored the rights sacrificed by the Tribe in the 80s when it was seeking support for its Restoration and Reservation Plan.

The new rule allows Tribal members to catch 15 hatchery spring Chinook salmon and/or hatchery summer steelhead per year for ceremonial purposes. 

Wild fish must be released unharmed back into the Willamette River.

On June 8, three Tribal members caught 15 summer steelhead, all hatchery raised, during a trip to Willamette Falls.

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