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Swinomish Tribe Studies Effect of Climate Change on Community, Culture

By • Feb 25th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Climate change threatens not only the environment, but also tribal communities whose culture, livelihood and identities depend on natural resources.

“Current climate change assessments omit key community health concerns, which are vital to successful adaptation plans, particularly for indigenous communities,” said Jamie Donatuto, environmental health specialist for the Swinomish Tribe.

“Recent assessments show that indigenous communities, especially coastal communities, are disproportionately vulnerable to a number of …

Upper Skagit’s Sustainable Forestry Turns Maples to Guitars

By • Feb 19th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Pacific Tonewoods general manager Eric Warner shows a guitar with a back made from a maple tree.

Two maple trees harvested from Upper Skagit Tribe timberlands have a musical future ahead of them.

The trees were sold to Pacific Rim Tonewoods, a specialty sawmill upriver from the Upper Skagit Reservation that sells lumber to guitar makers Taylor and Martin, among others. While most guitar tops, sound …

Treaty tribes released 40 million salmon in 2014

By • Feb 9th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe conducts its annual coho salmon spawning at the House of Salmon hatchery, November 2014.

Treaty Indian Tribes in western Washington released more than 40 million hatchery salmon in 2014 according to recently compiled statistics.

Of the 40 million salmon released, 13.7 million were chinook. Significant numbers of chum (16.9 million) and coho (8.6 million) were also released in addition to 658,00 …

Squaxin Island Tribe, partners, winning battle with invasive weeds

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

Brian McTeague, Natural Resources Quantitative Services Manager for the Squaxin Island Tribe, notes the location of knotweed along Skookum Creek.

After three years of work, the Squaxin Island Tribe and the Mason Conservation District, have controlled the spread of salmon-killing knotweed in the Skookum Creek watershed. “This is a huge step forward,” said Andy Whitener, natural resource director for the tribe. “This shows that through consistent …

Upper Skagit Tribe harvests last full return of hatchery steelhead

By • Feb 4th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

It’s the end of an era for Upper Skagit tribal fishermen as the last full return of hatchery steelhead arrives in the Skagit River this winter.

“Our ancestors gave up everything so that we could continue to fish in our traditional areas,” said Scott Schuyler, natural resources director for the Upper Skagit Tribe. “Without hatchery production, we can’t have a meaningful fishery.”

The last full steelhead …

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 …