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Tribal tradition of harvesting lamprey lives on

 

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A young tribal fisherman holds lamprey at the annual lamprey harvest Friday, July 13, 2012, along the Willamette River, in Oregon City, Ore.

Rick Bowmer / AP

Lamprey caught by tribal harvesters.

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Tribal fishermen at the bottom of Willamette Falls search for lamprey on Friday.

As long as Indians have lived in the Northwest, they have looked to lamprey for food. This jawless fish popularly known as an eel has steadily declined until Columbia Basin tribes have just a few places left to go for lamprey.

 

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