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Jed Moore, salmon biologist for the Nisqually Indian Tribe, uses a tablet computer to record steelhead spawning in the Nisqually watershed.

Jed Moore, salmon biologist for the Nisqually Indian Tribe, uses a tablet computer to record steelhead spawning in the Nisqually watershed.

Nisqually tribal surveyors are hitting the water with a new piece of equipment that will help them better track endangered steelhead.

“We’ve been adapting our surveying techniques to gather more precise information on not only how many steelhead make it back each year to spawn, but where exactly they spawn,” said David Troutt, natural resources director for the tribe. “In the past we’ve doubled the amount of walking surveys we’re doing, and now we are using new tools to make that time on the river more productive.”

The surveyors are carrying tablet computers, allowing them to mark steelhead redds – or nests – more accurately than they could with expensive GPS units. The tablets display a detailed stream map prepared by the tribe’s geographic information department, allowing the surveyors to mark redd locations precisely.

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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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Seals, Sea Lions Slowing Salmon Recovery »

A population explosion of harbor seals and sea lions along the Washington coast and in Puget Sound is interfering with recovery of weak salmon and steelhead stocks, threatening tribal treaty rights and posing increasing threats to public safety throughout our region.

At the root of the problem is the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972, a well-intentioned law that was needed at the time, but …

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Kitsap Sun: Suquamish Tribe taking lead on Blackjack Creek restoration »

The Kitsap Sun reports that Suquamish Tribe has applied for a grant from Department of Ecology to update an overall assessment of the health of the Blackjack Creek watershed in Port Orchard.

From the story (subscription may be required):

The tribe Monday applied for a grant through the state Department of Ecology that would provide $150,000 for an updated assessment of wildlife, vegetation, soils and water

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