In March 2005, the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committed signed four Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) documents authorizing Tribal Joint-management of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery (NFH) under Section I.E. of the Mediator's Term Sheet which was ratified by Congress in the Snake River Water Rights Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-447), the Idaho State Legislature and the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. These Agreements also include Tribal Management of the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery. These documents are Agreements between the Tribe and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service). Key features of these documents include employment of Tribal personnel - e.g., both members and employees of the Tribe; and enhancement of Tribal production programs; i.e., Clearwater Coho Restoration. In 2009, a special Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Tribe, Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to further sustain joint-management at Dworshak NFH since the Corps owns the hatchery and funds a good portion of operations there.
Since 2006, three Tribal members became employed at Dworshak NFH. One Tribal member joined the Kooskia NFH staff. In addition, two former Service employees at Kooskia NFH became Tribal employees. Recently, a new Kooskia hatchery manager was hired by the Tribe along with a SRBA Coordinator (former Fisheries Production director at the NPT). A total of eight Tribal employees are currently part of the SRBA staffing at the two hatcheries. The Clearwater Coho project employs two tribal members at Dworshak and may soon employ a third member as a Research biologist. The Tribal Steelhead Kelt project has two personnel - one Tribal and one employee who routinely work at Dworshak NFH. Project leaders are working with the Northwest Indian College to develop intern programs and have received Tribal grants for employment of two high school students during the summer months. In 2010, the Service provided a three month grant for a Tribal intern to do research on Eel translocation and restoration.
Fish production at Dworshak has been enhanced by producing 300,000 Coho in addition maintaining the mitigation goal of 2.1 million Steelhead and 1.05 million Chinook smolts. At Kooskia NFH, adult coho are spawned and their eggs incubated, fry reared and smolts acclimated in addition to maintaining the 600,000 Chinook mitigation goal. The Tribe and Service are working together to find ways to stop disease and improve water quality at Dworshak NFH that may lead to a renovation of the 40 year old hatchery into to a more secure and productive facility resulting in improved adult returns. Tribal and Service staff coordinate both Annual Operating Plans (AOP) and Harvest Management issues in conjunction with SRBA Tribal management.