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Nisqually Tribe removing lost fishing gear from South Sound »
Jake Johnston, dive supervisor for the tribe's marine services division, handles an air hose after a tribal diver retrieved a lost crab pot.

Jake Johnston, dive supervisor for the tribe’s marine services division, handles an air hose after a tribal diver retrieved a lost crab pot.

Divers from the Nisqually Indian Tribe Marine Services Division are reducing fish mortalities and helping to restore the Salish Sea habitat by removing lost fishing gear from the bottom of Puget Sound.

“Recreation and commercial fishermen have been on the water for decades,” said David Troutt, natural resources director for the Nisqually Tribe. “There’s lots of lost fishing gear in Southern Puget Sound.” Derelict nets, crab and shrimp pots.

Multi-beam side-scan sonar was used to identify derelict crab pots near the mouth of the Nisqually River and nearby islands last fall. These targets were marked using global position system (GPS) software. The Nisqually Marine Services dive team is now returning to those sites to retrieve the gear. The 70’ Dive Support Vessel (DSV) Hickson provides a platform to support this work.

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Suquamish Tribe Reaches Out to Tideland Owners »

As a way to better connect with waterfront landowners, the Suquamish Tribe has been hosting a successful shellfish social hour the past two years.

At a restaurant in Silverdale each winter, the tribe invites property owners on Dyes Inlet to talk with tribal staff about its work, including tribal shellfish harvesting and its tidelands leasing program.

“Overall, it’s an opportunity to strengthen the tribe’s relationship with …

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Cooperation Keys Salmon Management, Recovery »

As we begin our third decade of the annual state and tribal salmon co-managers’ salmon season setting process called North of Falcon, it’s a good time to look at how far we’ve come and talk about our hopes for the future.

There were some tough days in the decade following the 1974 ruling by Judge George Boldt in U.S. v Washington, which upheld tribal treaty-reserved …

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Makah whaling draft EIS up for public comment »

The Makah Tribe continues to work toward exercising their treaty right to hunt the gray whale, removed from the federal Endangered Species list in 1994, through a process to access the exemption listed in the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

NOAA Fisheries is inviting public comments on a new Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that evaluates the Makah Tribe’s request to resume treaty-based hunting of eastern North …

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