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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    Download Announcement The Field Biologist will identify, prioritize, and implement water quality and habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement measures and work cooperatively with state and private resource managers to evaluate, enhance and mitigate potential impacts that result from Timber Practices, Transportation Projects, and other Land use Practices that occur within the Hoh Tribe’s Usual and Customary areas. Biologist […]

  • Salmon Recovery Coordinator – Point No Point Treaty Council

    Download Announcement Responsible for participating in salmon and steelhead recovery efforts, Puget Sound restoration issues and activities, participating in recovery-related forums and workgroups, performing technical analysis of selected natural resource issues, and providing support in acquiring grants and in meeting grant administration requirements.

  • Fish Tech Broodstocker, Seasonal – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Must be capable of strenuous activity and working outside in inclement weather conditions. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends. A Roster will be created from applications received and personnel will be activated from the roster as needed. Work is expected to begin October 2016 and run through December 2016. Download […]

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  • State of Our Watersheds: Lower Skagit not meeting temperature goals
    The Lower Skagit River will not be in compliance with the state’s Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) plan by 2080, according to the State of Our Watersheds Report released by the tribes of the NWIFC. The TMDL is a planning tool to implement the Clean Water Act. It includes a voluntary plan for reducing stream […]
  • Jamestown, Partners Establishing Warning System for Harmful Algal Blooms
    The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and federal and state agencies are trying to figure out how they can predict potential spikes of shellfish poisoning in Washington waters. The partners are developing an early warning system for harmful algal blooms and shellfish biotoxins, which cause shellfish poisoning. Staff from the tribe, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and […]
  • Light pollution could be hurting salmon
    Intense artificial lighting could be changing salmon behavior in urban Puget Sound, making them more likely to be eaten by predators.That’s one of the many specific findings in the recently released State of Our Watersheds Report. The report from the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington documents the ongoing loss and degradation of salmon […]