Status: In Progress


Location

The Smłich Cultural Fish Harvest Opportunities project is in a portion of Hangman Creek within the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Reservation boundary in northern Idaho.

Background

Mine waste contamination in the Coeur d’Alene Basin has degraded aquatic habitats that traditionally supported salmonids, which are a main food staple and cultural resource for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Plans

The project will provide a cultural fish harvest opportunity and return salmonids to the Coeur d’Alene People by implementing a put-and-take fishery. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will bring uncontaminated adult salmonids from donor facilities and release them into Hangman Creek where they will be available for cultural harvest. An access road and parking will be improved so the community can engage in the activities. The project will support the transport of salmonids for a limited time. The access developments will remain on site.

Benefits

The project will provide the opportunity for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to engage in a cultural salmonid harvest in an uncontaminated area, and to interact with the land in traditional ways.

Contact

Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Fisheries Program
401 Anne Antelope Ave.
Plummer, ID 83851
(208) 686-5302

Sponsor

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Partners

Bonneville Power Administration
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Upper Columbia United Tribes
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Stretch of Hangman Creek where a put-and-take fishery will occur.

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