Impacts of the MRC include a Columbia River fisheries exhibit winning the State Historical Society’s David Douglas Medal. The exhibit details the history of tribal and commercial fishing on the Columbia River and was created by Irene Martin, longtime fisher, author, and historian.
The MRC worked with partners at The Nature Conservancy and the Wahkiakum Conservation District to complete a new tidegate for restoration of tidal flow to two miles of Skamokawa Creek, termed “Dead Slough” due to poor water quality, and blocked since the 1940s. Extension solicited help from statewide MRC contacts to secure funding to complete the project, and Wahkiakum High School students monitor salmon returns to the creek as part of their long-term stream monitoring work with the Conservation District.
Fish preservation was taught to 33 participants. Seven hundred fifty pounds of Salmon were canned during six classes, primarily for senior and low-income residents. Participants also learned different ways to use the finished product with fish caught in the lower Columbia River. These classes were taught by trained and certified WSU food safety volunteers, and donation of salmon was secured by a local commercial fisherman and MRC member, who approached a local fish processing company for the donation.
This program is successful because of its valuable collaborations. We thank our partners, including Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wahkiakum County Board of County Commissioners, Wahkiakum County Public Works, Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, The Nature Conservancy, Wahkiakum Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Abernathy Fish Technology Center, Friends of Skamokawa, Grays River Grange, and Wahkiakum High School.