Lamprey Summit III was held on June 20-21, 2012 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife Service co-hosted the Summit with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
During the Summit, many tribal elders spoke of the importance of lamprey and water to their people. The following quote is from Wilbur Slockish, Jr., hereditary chief of the Klickitat Tribe, a part of the Yakama Nation.
"From the beginning of time, the eel has had a place with our people. The tail was what we used to break the teeth of our babies – chewing for teething. The oils provided vitamins to their bodies to make them healthy. It’s not just an eel disappearing; we need to link everything that happens to the water because water is the giver of life."
A Conservation Agreement was signed by many tribes, states and agencies. The Agreement is a voluntary effort by the signers and supporters to work collaboratively to conserve Pacific Lamprey.