The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) is a natural resources management support service organization for 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. Headquartered in Olympia, the NWIFC employs approximately 65 people with satellite offices in Burlington and Forks.

NWIFC member tribes are: Lummi, Nooksack, Swinomish, Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin Island, Skokomish, Suquamish, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Makah, Quileute, Quinault, and Hoh.

The NWIFC was created following the 1974 U.S. v. Washington ruling (Boldt Decision) that re-affirmed the tribes’ treaty-reserved fishing rights. The ruling established them as natural resources co-managers with the State of Washington with an equal share of the harvestable number of salmon returning annually.

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  • Shellfish Farm Supervisor – Nisqually Indian Tribe

    Posting Ends 11-Dec-2016 (PST) Location: Nisqually Reservation, WA, USA Starts at $21.88 Hourly Full Time Benefits: Yes NATURE OF WORK: This position is responsible for providing crew supervision, leadership and oversight of the Nisqually Tribe’s 120 acre Shellfish Farm located in Henderson Inlet. See full listing and apply at : DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead, […]

  • Coastal Marine Resource Specialist

    Download Announcement This position will focus primarily on ocean fishery resources and marine issues that affect them. The species involved include all marine species of importance to the coastal tribes that includes, but not limited to the following: flatfish, rockfish, halibut, groundfish (e.g., sablefish, lingcod and Pacific whiting), and forage fish (e.g., sardine and smelt). […]

  • Coastal Anadromous Fisheries Specialist

    Download Announcement Primary focus for the position includes: supporting coastal fisheries managers with pre-season planning; in-season fishery monitoring; and the development of preseason forecasts and in-season update models. Familiarity with the fisheries models used for salmon and steelhead management, including how input data are used by the models to make projections and the ability to […]

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  • Watch 30 years of changes to western Washington landscape
    Google recently released a worldwide timelapse of aerial photos over the last 30 years. Zooming in to western Washington, the Earth Engine shows how our landscape has changed since the mid 1980s. Over the same time period, tribal harvest of coho and chinook has declined. In some places tribes don’t even fish for certain species […]
  • The Green River is missing 95 percent of the logs salmon need
    Logjams are important salmon habitat.Historically, downed trees washed into rivers where they would accumulate into logjams. These jams slowed the river, creating space for both juvenile and adult salmon to rest and feed.Habitat degradation in the Green River has diminished the amount of large wood to only 5 percent of what salmon need.According to the […]
  • State Water Quality Standards Finally Updated
    Being Frank is a monthly column written by the chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. As a statement from the NWIFC chair, the column represents the interests and concerns of treaty Indian tribes throughout western Washington. It took a long time on a rough road to get there, but today Washington has some of […]