We had the honor of being invited on site for the First Salmon Ceremony hosted by the Colville Confederated Tribes on May 26 at the Chief Joseph Hatchery. It was a gorgeous morning as people gathered to watch members of the Tribes use dip nets, a traditional fishing technique, to harvest the first salmon of the season. After the catch, there were a series of presentations about hatchery production of salmon, suitability studies regarding reintroduction of salmon above Grand Coulee Dam and tours of the hatchery. The day concluded with a beautiful luncheon where the first salmon was shared with the community.
While we were there, we recorded several interviews for a new episode of “River’s Reach: Conversations from the Upper Columbia”. Participants included Councilman Andy Joseph Jr., Councilman Jarred Erickson and Casey Baldwin, Colville Research Scientist who spoke on the incredible significance salmon have to the Colville and why salmon reintroduction to blocked areas is so important.
We hope you enjoy this episode!