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Swinomish Fish Co. to sell salmon bacon »

everetteThe Swinomish Fish Co. has found a purpose for the meat left on a salmon’s frame after it is filleted.

Salmon bacon.

The tribally owned company is smoking and packaging the remaining meat into a new ready-to-eat product. The Native Catch brand salmon bacon should be in stores by mid-June, along with its new sockeye salmon jerky.

“We suspect that bacon is going to be a big seller out of the gates,” said Everette Anderson, vice president of marketing and sales for the company.

Other products in the works are snack sticks (think salmon Slim Jims) and salmon hot dogs.

“We’re producing from wild harvested raw material – and using what was typically considered scraps – some clever, tasty and unique products,” Anderson said.
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Did a Winter Visit By Orcas Help Puget Sound Steelhead? »

Transient whales in Puget Sound in 2010. Photo by tifotter via flickr.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe – with help from the federal and state government – is trying to find out how much a winter-time visit of marine mammal eating transient orca whales might have benefited endangered steelhead.

The orcas preyed on marine mammals, whose numbers had been spiking around Puget Sound in recent years. …

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Being Frank

Tomorrow’s Salmon »

Effects of climate change and the ongoing loss of salmon habitat came home to roost at this year’s tribal and state salmon fishing season setting process. The result was some of the most restrictive salmon fisheries ever seen in some areas.

A record low snowpack, low stream flows and increasing water temperatures, combined with the results of ongoing habitat loss and declining marine survival, forced the …

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Quinault Indian Nation Sovereignty over Lake Quinault affirmed »

A U.S. District Court judge has affirmed the Quinault Indian Nation’s sovereignty over Lake Quinault and thrown out a case questioning the tribe’s authority to manage the lake. “This quick and explicit ruling was never in doubt,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp in a statement. “As I said back in January, Lake Quinault is undisputedly within the Quinault Reservation. This was a meritless lawsuit. Lake …

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