For centuries, the Pacific Northwest has been home to salmon, trout, shellfish and other wildlife. Humans have always consumed fish as a portion of their diet in this region.
Today, private and tribal commercial fishermen make their livelihood from salmon and other fish that call our rivers home. You can learn more about the history of the Northwest's salmon population here.
In addition to tribal efforts, Northwest families and businesses have helped protect the fish species in the rivers. Through charges on their electric bills, residents have spent nearly $16 billion on fish and wildlife protection and mitigation measures over the past three decades. You can learn more about those investments here.