Harvest Management

The salmon co-managers, which include federally recognized Indian tribes and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), make joint decisions about harvest policies. Each year the salmon co-managers determine harvest amounts and locations as established by the U.S. v. Washington court case that allocates half of the harvestable amount of fish to the treaty Indian tribes and the other half to the state of Washington.  All fisheries in Washington, both tribal and non-tribal, are operating under National Marine Fisheries Service permits that are issues in compliance with the Endangered Species Act.  In addition to harvests in Washington, the fishery managers also work with Canadian fishery managers on the amount of fish that each country can harvest from the other's salmon runs.