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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 …



Degraded water quality forces Lummi to close shellfish harvest

By • Oct 14th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Lummi tribal members harvest clams in Portage Bay in 2011.

High levels of fecal coliform prompted the Lummi Nation to close 335 acres of Portage Bay shellfish beds in September.

The fecal coliform – mostly from livestock, human and pet waste originating upstream from the reservation – exceeds federal bacterial standards, meaning the shellfish could be unsafe to eat. The voluntary closure affects Lummi’s treaty-protected ceremonial, …



Makah Tribe to celebrate completion of state-of-the-art dock

By • Oct 8th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Makah Tribe will celebrate the completion of their $13 million dock built to earthquake and tsunami standards that will serve the community and others for years to come.

The Makah Tribe will celebrate the opening of their new $13.8 million dock at 11 a.m., Oct. 10 with a blessing and ribbon cutting even as they prepare for phase two of the facility.

The new 120-foot …



Puyallup Tribe trying to find out what’s happening to the spring chinook

By • Oct 6th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Justin Paul, salmon biologist for the Puyallup Tribe, conducts a survey in the upper White River watershed.

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is trying to find out why so many spring chinook are passed above a dam on the White River, but so few of them end up spawning.

“We’re trying to identify sources of pre-spawning mortality that have contributed to a wide disparity between the …