Columbia River

For thousands of years, the mighty Columbia River and its tributaries, flowing 1200 miles¬†from central British Columbia to the Washington/Oregon coast, has been a breadbasket as well as a major source of income for regional tribal communities. Prior to the first dam that was completed in 1932, it was a free flowing majestic river and home to significant quantities of king, coho, and sockeye salmon, along with Steelhead and Sturgeon. As the construction of the dams continued through early 70’s, the threat to all the species became real.

Over the last few years, significant efforts have been put into place to  restore the Columbia River salmon and sturgeon. In 2008 the Tribes of Umatilla, Warm Springs, Colville, and Yakima, whom belong to the Inter-Tribal Commission, along with the Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps, and Bureau of Reclamation all signed the Columbia Basin Fish Accord, which secured $900 million for salmon restoration projects.

Since the the early days of record keeping (1938), all three major salmon species; the king, coho, and sockeye, crossed the Bonneville Dam in 2014 at all time record numbers. Columbia River is again a sustainable source of the finest salmon, and Olympic Seafoods is proud to work with the tribal fishers along the banks of Columbia River to bring a superior product to the market.