A balancing act: Managing sustainable fisheries in the Columbia River

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From its headwaters in British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River sustains diverse species, communities, and economies. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) works with other states, federal entities, and tribes to co-manage Columbia River fisheries. This spring, we’ll be sharing a series of videos and blogs to dive into the details of managing these fisheries.

Managing Columbia River fisheries is a complex, science-based process. We’re all working together to balance the river’s fish stocks and ecosystems while offering sustainable fishing opportunities. Within the Columbia River basin, there are commercial and recreational non-treaty fisheries, as well as treaty fisheries. The fisheries target a variety of fish stocks, including salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon. These fish, and this ecosystem, are vitally important to the Pacific Northwest.