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NW Fishletter #368, April 3, 2017

[2] Adult Coho Expected To Return To Grande Ronde Basin By Fall 2018

After a 30-year absence, coho have been put back into the Grande Ronde River basin.

The Nez Perce Tribe and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released a half-million juvenile coho into Lostine River, a Grande Ronde tributary in northeastern Oregon, according to a March 9 news statement.

The first adult coho from this reintroduction effort are expected to return to the Lostine River in fall 2018.

The Nez Perce Tribe's planning for the reintroduction started in 1988 with BPA funding. Implementation was developed through the U.S. v. Oregon Management Agreement and funded by the Mitchell Act and Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.

The juvenile coho were reared at the Cascade Hatchery near Bonneville Dam and transported to the Lostine River for release.

"Our tribe has worked towards this day for nearly three decades and it is wonderful to see the fruits of that labor," Mary Jane Miles, chair of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, said in the statement.

The Nez Perce and ODFW anticipate that coho will recolonize the Wallowa and Lostine rivers and, eventually, the Grande Ronde and its other tributaries. The Grande Ronde River is part of the Snake River basin.

The two partners are also hoping that the coho will help supply treaty Indian and non-Indian harvests on the Columbia River. -Laura Berg

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