Eel Harvest

OPB | Feb. 1, 1993 7:30 p.m.

Despite cold water and slippery rocks, hard souls submerge themselves in pounding waterfalls to capture Lamprey eels at the base of the Willamette Falls. Although the number of Lamprey eels has been declining over the years, it’s not because of people like the Scott Brothers or the members of Native American tribes who capture them. Similar to Salmon Lamprey require pristine streams in order to spawn, which are becoming harder and harder to find.

First Broadcast: 1993

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