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Squaxin Island Tribe, land trust, working together to restore former golf course

By • Apr 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

From the Squaxin Island Tribe’s natural resources blog:

The Capital Land Trust and the Squaxin Island Tribe are working to bring back salmon habitat and protect an important shellfish growing area by restoring a former golf course on Oakland Bay. The land trust recently purchased the 74-acre Bayshore Golf Course, which includes the mouth of Johns Creek and over a thousand feet of Oakland Bay



Lawsuit Threatens Steelhead Recovery

By • Apr 7th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Both hatchery and wild fish are needed for steelhead and salmon recovery in western Washington, says Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

“There’s no way we can do it without both,” said Frank, responding to a lawsuit against the state of Washington by a group claiming that state hatchery steelhead releases are undermining recovery of ESA-listed wild steelhead, chinook and bull trout …



Tribes raising releasing young steelhead to restore flagging stock

By • Apr 4th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is releasing young steelhead from an acclimation pond in the upper White River to help restore a weak run of the federally protected fish.

“Acclimation ponds help ensure there are juvenile steelhead in the river each year to take advantage of the available habitat,” said Blake Smith, hatchery manager for the Puyallup Tribe. The fish will be released at a pond …



Puyallup Tribe Looking For Coho Family Tree

By • Mar 25th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is building a library of genetic material from coho salmon to better understand the different populations throughout the Puyallup River watershed.

“The data behind how all these fish are related can give us a pretty clear picture of how many populations are actually here,” said Russ Ladley, resource protection manager for the tribe. “Are populations that have different run timings independent …



Tribes Recovering from Geoduck Ban

By • Mar 19th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Western Washington tribes are quickly recovering from a sudden ban in December 2013 on selling geoduck to China.

The Asian country claimed it received a shipment of geoduck from Ketchikan, Alaska, that had high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning, and a shipment from Poverty Bay in Puyallup, Wash., that had high levels of arsenic.

As a result, China announced it was banning all imports of bivalve …



Tribes expand efforts to monitor Nooksack elk

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

Point Elliott Treaty tribes are expanding efforts to monitor the Nooksack elk herd in hopes of resolving ongoing damage and safety problems in Skagit and Whatcom counties.

The Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Swinomish, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, and Tulalip tribes are trapping elk using collapsible traps baited with apples and monitored with wildlife cameras. Since 2012, tribal and state wildlife co-managers have collared at least 10 cow elk with …



Swinomish inventories wildlife in Kukutali Preserve

By • Mar 13th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Swinomish Tribe is conducting a terrestrial wildlife inventory on the Kukutali Preserve, which it has jointly managed with the state of Washington since 2010.

The nearly 100-acre preserve includes Kiket Island, as well as the smaller Flagstaff Island and an adjacent portion of Fidalgo Island on the Swinomish reservation.

During the first year of a two-year survey, Swinomish wildlife biologist Peter McBride discovered one priority …



Historical fish hook draws community together

By • Feb 25th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

A fish hook has tied history, culture and the Makah community together in unexpected ways.

The čibu·d (pronounced “cha bood”), or halibut hook, became the subject of a student project during an internship with Makah Fisheries Management.

“I had a student, Larry Buzzell, come to me wanting to do a project that related to historical fishing methods,” said Jonathan Scordino, marine mammal biologist for the Makah …



Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe brings in more efficient incubator system

By • Feb 21st, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

With the influx of chum salmon last fall, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe was able to take twice as many eggs as usual, up to 1.2 million.

In anticipation of the large run, natural resources director Paul McCollum brought in an idea from his time in fisheries in Alaska – a NOPAD incubator, a tower of six 4′ x 4′ x 15” aluminum trays that can



Puyallup Tribe tracking sea star wasting in South Sound

By • Feb 18th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

As part of their regular monitoring of crab populations the Puyallup Tribe of Indians is tracking the impact of a mysterious ailment that is decimating sea stars.

An outbreak of sea star wasting syndrome was first noticed early last fall in British Columbia. The syndrome starts as small lesions and eventually the infected sea stars disintegrate. Since the syndrome was first noticed, it quickly spread throughout …