Lamprey Recovery Planning
Pacific lamprey are unrelated to salmon, but also spawn and spend their earlier years in inland rivers, while migrating out to the ocean for their adult years, Often called ‘eels’, lamprey are a culturally important species to Columbia River tribes. Their numbers have declined significantly in recent decades, and they have been proposed as candidates for listing under the federal ESA. Efforts to reverse this decline are now underway, and are guided by:
Tribal Pacific Lamprey Restoration Plan for the Columbia River Basin
US Fish & Wildlife Service Lamprey Recovery Planning
The Yakama Nation Fisheries Program is currently developing a recovery plan for lamprey in the Yakima Basin.
YBFWRB recently signed on in support of the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative (PLCI). PCLI is a “collaboration of Native American tribes, federal, state, municipal and local agencies, and non-governmental organizations working to achieve long-term persistence of Pacific Lamprey, their habitats, and support their traditional tribal use throughout their historical range spanning the West Coast of North America.”