The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (CTWSRO) Branch of Natural Resources (BNR) operates a full term spring Chinook salmon rearing and steelhead spawning / acclimation facility on the Middle Fork Hood River near Parkdale, Oregon and an acclimation/juvenile rearing facility on the West Fork Hood River near Dee, Oregon. Full term spring Chinook rearing will take place at the Parkdale Fish Hatchery (PFH) and Moving Falls Fish Facility (MFFF). This project includes the adult holding and spawning of winter steelhead and brood collection/propagation/ release of spring Chinook salmon and fish health evaluation. The hatchery management will oversee all phases of the PFH and MFFF, including operation and maintenance, coordination with CTWS BNR staff and other partner agencies.
55,000 winter steelhead acclimate and are released into the East Fork Hood River annually. The steelhead production goal will remain unchanged from previous years. 5,000 additional smolt will be acclimated and released into Neal Creek as part of site fidelity evaluation. Sufficient brood stock will be collected to produce 55,000 Hood River origin smolt for release in 2017. Broodstock composition will be 100% natural origin unless otherwise adjusted based upon agreement with co-managers.
The spring Chinook program is in a period of transition from 100% out of basin rearing to full inbasin rearing. Currently 50% of the 150,00 smolt release goal is reared at PFH and MFFF. All smolts will be acclimated at the MFFF and released into the West Fork Hood River. The MFFF will be used for juvenile rearing during the summer through late-fall. The facility remains under evaluation for year round rearing.
The Hood River Projection Project depends upon effective weirs and fish traps to collect brood stock and manage fisheries consistent with program goals. Pending a successful outcome of a landowner access agreement final designs for a permanent fish trapping facility in the East Fork Hood River adjacent to Dee Mill will be resumed.
The primary goals of the production program are to:
- Re-establish naturally sustaining spring Chinook salmon
- Provide consistent tribal harvest opportunities
- Rebuild naturally sustaining runs of winter steelhead
- Protect high quality habitat and restore degraded fish habitat