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Column: Reducing cancer protection undermines higher fish consumption rate

By • Jul 28th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

The Olympian today features a column by Emily Lardner, co-director of the National Resource Center for Learning Communities at The Evergreen State College:

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced his intention to increase the official estimate for how much fish we can safely eat in Washington, from 6.3 grams per day (about the size of a Ritz cracker) to 175 grams per day (about 6 ounces). This



NWIFC Magazine: Remembering Billy Frank Jr.

By • Jul 18th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

The latest NWIFC News magazine is available, focused on the life and history of NWIFC’s chairman emeritus, Billy Frank Jr., who passed away May 5.

The 12-page full-color publication features Billy’s life history, photos and remembrances from friends, family and co-workers.

The magazine is available for download here.



Tribes Cautious About Governor’s Toxics Reduction Plan

By • Jul 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington have mixed feelings regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement today about the state’s fish consumption and cancer risk rates used to determine water quality standards.

Tribes are generally supportive of Inslee’s move to increase the state’s fish consumption rate to 175 grams per day, but are deeply concerned about a proposed tenfold increase in the cancer risk rate.

The current cancer …



Governor to announce decision on water quality standards today

By • Jul 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

You can watch the governor’s announcement here at noon.

This decision comes after decades of advocacy by the tribes to increase the state’s fish consumption rate (an important part of the formula to determine water quality standards) to a realistic level. Currently, the rate is 6.5 grams a day, well below even the consumption of an average state citizen. This rate is especially low compared …



Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Finishes River Otter, American Dipper Study in Elwha River Watershed

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

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is wrapping up its four-year study on river otters and American dippers in the Elwha River watershed.

The tribe has been studying how the animals use the river for food and habitat and how those needs have been impacted by the recent removal of the river’s Elwha and Glines Canyon dams.

A river otter rests on a log in the Elwha



Squaxin Island Tribe getting to the bottom of salmon impacts of lake

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

Joe Puhn, Squaxin natural resources technician, prepares temperature gauges.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is getting to the bottom of Lake Isabella, to find out if water temperatures are affecting salmon populations downstream.

“Warm water can really hurt juvenile salmon before they migrate out to the ocean,” said Sarah Zaniewski, habitat biologist for the Squaxin Island Tribe. Warm water can spawn diseases and carries little of the …



National Congress of American Indians joins the Muckleshoot Tribe to oppose genetically engineered salmon

By • Jun 11th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

James Miller hoists a chinook salmon at the Muckleshoot Tribe’s White River hatchery

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the National Congress of American Indians are taking a stand against the threat of genetically engineered salmon.

“Creating genetically engineered salmon would mean that our traditional knowledge and relationship with salmon would pass out of our hands to a transnational corporation,” …



Skokomish Tribe Controlling Japanese Oyster Drills on Tidelands

By • Jun 3rd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Skokomish Tribe has strategically placed nearly 100 cinderblocks on the Skokomish tidelands with hopes of attracting an invasive shellfish, the ornate Japanse oyster drill.

Shellfish technician Josh Hermann loads a cinderblock cell with oyster clusters with oyster drills on them. Click on the photo to see more at NWIFC’s Flickr page.

“Oyster drills are known to seek out hard vertical structures to gather and lay …



Nisqually Tribe looking for connections between zooplankton and salmon

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

Jed Moore and Emiliano Perez, Nisqually natural resources staff, deploy a plankton net in deep South Sound.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe is trying to find a way to predict future salmon runs by measuring what juvenile salmon eat on their way out to the ocean.

The tribe is expanding their research on local salmon to take a look at zooplankton in deep South Sound, which young …



Remembering Billy Frank Jr.

By • May 11th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

Quinault Indian Nation Marine Titus Capoeman walks to the Billy Frank Jr.’s Memorial at the Squaxin Island Event Center. Frank also served in the Marines as a young man.

Six thousand people gathered at the Squaxin event center in Kalmiche to remember the life of Billy Frank Jr. An archive of memorial is available here.

From the Olympian:

Friends and family members recalled those