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Dairy Farm Pollution Costs Lummi Nation

By • Jan 16th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

An aerial photo shows a manure lagoon at a dairy farm adjacent to the Nooksack River. Courtesy of Kim Koon.

Whatcom County’s booming dairy and agricultural industry has cost Lummi Nation shellfish harvesters millions of dollars already, and a recent closure of shellfish beds in Portage Bay is adding to the tally.

Manure from dairy cows is discharged either directly or indirectly into the Nooksack River, …

Video: Cleaning Point Julia on Port Gamble Bay

By • Jan 13th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog, Uncategorized

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe partnered with the Washington Department of Ecology in 2014 to clean up Point Julia on Port Gamble Bay. Check out the video to see the work it took to remove thousands of pounds of debris, more than a dozen vessels and car engines, 300 tires, a beached barge and a dilapidated pier.


Decades old co-management benefit today’s South Sound chum salmon

By • Jan 6th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Michael West, fisheries technician for the Squaxin Island Tribe, samples a chum salmon in a South Sound creek.

Fisheries management decisions made decades ago by the Squaxin Island Tribe and their state salmon co-managers are still paying dividends for the Kennedy Creek chum run.

In the early 1980s – just a few years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the tribe’s status as a salmon co-manager …

Tulalip Tribes Keep Track of Hatchery Salmon

By • Dec 17th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Tulalip fisheries technicians spawn female chum salmon at the tribes’ Bernie “Kai-Kai” Gobin Hatchery.

Tribal and state co-managers continue to improve their ability to track hatchery salmon in the Snohomish watershed.

Both the Tulalip Tribes’ Bernie “Kai-Kai” Gobin Hatchery and the state’s Wallace River Hatchery recently installed new chillers to better mark hatchery chinook, coho and chum salmon.

“One hundred percent of all Tulalip chinook, coho …

Coho Salmon Eggs Put to the Stormwater Test

By • Dec 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

WSU toxicologist Jen McIntyre checks the condition of an embryo that was exposed to urban stormwater runoff. More pictures from the study can be found by clicking on the photo.

Peering through a microscope at the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Hatchery, biologist Tiffany Linbo uses two pairs of tweezers to gently peel the protective layer off an 18-day-old fertilized coho salmon egg.

The National Oceanic and …

Tribes partner with OSU to study clam contamination

By • Dec 2nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Swinomish staff and OSU students sample clams on Kukutali Preserve.

Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) are studying shellfish contamination on the Swinomish reservation and nearby Fidalgo Bay.

Both the Swinomish Tribe and Samish Nation have partnered in the project with OSU’s Superfund Research Program, focusing on clam contamination on tribal lands.

Butter clams were sampled from sites in Fidalgo Bay near an oil refinery, and …

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: How wildlife will recolonize former Elwha lakebeds

By • Nov 24th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The mouse is measured for length and weight and marked as studied before being released in the former Elwha lake beds. Click on the photo for more pictures at NWIFC’s Flickr album.

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is studying how wildlife might help or hinder growth of new vegetation along the restored Elwha River.

The tribe is watching how small mammals, elk, deer and birds are …

Nisqually Tribe counting prawns in South Sound

By • Oct 29th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Margaret Homerding, shellfish biologist for the Nisqually Tribe, measures a prawn during the tribes shellfish surveys of South Sound.

A long-term study by the Nisqually Tribe is providing a better understanding of shrimp in South Sound.

“What shrimp populations are in the area is not well documented,” said Margaret Homerding, shellfish biologist for the Nisqually Tribe. “The state conducted surveys a decade ago, but did not …

The Muckleshoot Tribe is spreading traditional food through schools

By • Oct 27th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Shawn Saylor, the kitchen coordinator for the Muckleshoot Indian School, holds a piece of salmon to be served at the school.

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is making sure traditional foods are part of many of the meals it serves. Six kitchens across the tribe – including in schools and elder facilities – adopted new protocols to encourage the use of traditional foods.

The Muckleshoot Indian School …

Squaxin Island tribe snorkeling for juvenille coho

By • Oct 20th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Candace Penn and Michael West, Squaxin Island tribal staff, look for juvnille coho that might be using a small stream in the Deschutes watershed.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is conducting snorkel surveys throughout the Deschutes River watershed, looking for stretches where coho go to feed and grow.

Each spring for the last three years, the tribe has released 100,000 juvenile coho into the Deschutes. They then …