This page includes key online resources and is followed by a selected list of print and media references on Columbia River salmon fisheries compiled by Irene Martin.

Fish Links

Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS)

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association

Local, State, Federal & Tribal Agencies

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST)

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Marine Fisheries Service – Northwest Regional Office


Lower Columbia River Estuary Program (LCREP)

American Fisheries Society – National Site

Western Division of the American Fisheries Society

American Fisheries Society – Oregon Chapter

Oregon Encyclopedia article on gillnet fishing

Wikipedia article on gillnet fishing



Dodds, Gordon. The Salmon King of Oregon: R.D. Hume and the Pacific Fisheries. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1959. Biography of a pioneer Columbia River salmon packer.

Donaldson, Ivan and Frederick Cramer. Fishwheels on the Columbia. Portland, Binfords and Mort, 1971. History of a gear type no longer in existence on the Columbia, with numerous photographs.

Edwards, Jack. How Old is that Label? Herbert Jack Edwards, 1994. Detailed history of changes in salmon labeling practices, with many color examples of salmon labels.

Landeen, Dan and Allen Pinkham. Salmon and His People: Fish and Fishing in Nez Perce Culture. Lewiston, Idaho, Confluence Press, 1999. Well illustrated cultural history of a tribal salmon fishery.

Lichatowich, Jim. Salmon Without Rivers. Washington, D.C., Island Press, 1999. Detailed description of numerous issues affecting salmon survival on the Columbia River.

Martin, Irene. A Social Snapshot of the Columbia River Gillnet Fishery. Astoria, Or., Salmon For All, 2005. A study of the social consequences of reduced fishing opportunity in communities long economically dependent on commercial fishing.

Martin, Irene. Legacy and Testament, the Story of Columbia River Gillnetters. Pullman, Wa., Washington State University Press, 1994. History and culture of Columbia River gillnet fishermen, with extensive bibliography.

Martin, Irene. The Beach of Heaven: A History of Wahkiakum County. Pullman, Wa., Washington State University Press, 1997. Chapter on lower river canneries and fisheries traces early history of salmon industry on Columbia River.

Matsen, Brad. Reaching Home, Pacific Salmon, Pacific People. Anchorage, Ak., Alaska Northwest Books, 1994. Documentary of salmon in Pacific Northwest today, with lavish photographs.

Petersen, Keith. River of Life, Channel of Death, Fish and Dams on the Lower Snake. Lewiston, Idaho, Confluence Press, 1995. Detailed discussion of Snake River endangered salmon issues.

Roche, Judith and Meg McHutchison. First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim. Vancouver, U.B.C. Press, 1998. Beautifully illustrated stories and poems of salmon in native cultures in the Pacific.

Seufert, Francis. Wheels of Fortune. Portland, Oregon Historical Society, 1980. A pioneer salmon packer describes fishwheels on the Columbia, with numerous photographs.

Smith, Courtland. Salmon Fishers of the Columbia. Corvallis, Ore., Oregon State University Press, 1979. A history of the various gear types used on the Columbia River, and the salmon canning industry.

Tetlow, Roger and Graham Barbey. Barbey: The Story of a Pioneer Columbia River Salmon Packer. Portland, Binford and Mort, 1990. An inside look at the operation of a salmon canning business on the Columbia River.


Remembering Uniontown. Video. Written by Paul George Hummasti. Produced by Lawrence Johnson. Clatsop County Historical Society, 1985. A view of Astoria’s fishing community.

Work Is Our Joy: The Story of the Columbia River Gillnetter. Video. Written by Irene Martin. Produced by Lawrence Johnson. Oregon State University Extension Sea Grant and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1989. A history of Columbia River fishermen, told in oral interviews with historical photographs. Now available at Salmon For All, Send email to