Nez Perce Tribe working to bolster Clearwater coho

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) March 2011

The deputy director of the Nez Perce Tribe’s fish production division says the tribe has marked an important milestone in restoring coho salmon to the Clearwater River in northern Idaho.

Becky Johnson tells the Lewiston Tribune that 550,000 juvenile fish that are the offspring of adult coho that returned to tributaries of the Clearwater have been released into the Clearwater.

Johnson says this year is the first time all the released juvenile fish came from parents that returned to Clearwater tributaries.

Johnson says the juveniles were raised at the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery in Oregon and are the offspring of coho adults that returned to Clearwater tributaries in 2009.

Clearwater coho were declared extinct in the 1980s.