Native American Tribes Start Yearly Harvest of Eel-like Fish

The Northwest Native American tribes' annual lamprey harvest has begun. The jawless, gray fish are a traditional food source for tribal members in the Columbia River Basin, which stretches from the Oregon coast to Canada and into Idaho, Montana and Washington. At a rushing, 40-foot waterfall about 15 miles south of Portland, tribe members dove into the cold waters, emerging with writhing, eel-like fish in hand and thrusting them into nets. Lampreys grow to about 2 feet long and are prized for their rich, fatty meat.