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Drought prevents salmon from returning to hatchery

By • Jul 29th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Chinook salmon wait to be let into the holding pond from the Tulalip Bay fish ladder.

Salmon fishing in Tulalip Bay closed in July because a thermal barrier kept many salmon from entering the bay, and low flows prevented others from swimming upriver.

Normally, chinook salmon return via the Skykomish River to the state’s Wallace River Hatchery, where they are spawned for the Tulalip Tribes’ and …



Restored, opened habitat leads to record run of coho from Goldsborough Creek

By • Jul 28th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Scott Steltzner, biologist for the Squaxin Island Tribe, inspects a newly constructed logjam in 2013.

SHELTON – A combination of dam removal and aggressive habitat restoration has meant record runs of juvenile coho salmon in Goldsborough Creek for 2015.

This year’s run of 113,000 juveniles counted by the Squaxin Island Tribe continues a strong trend of increasing the number of juvenile coho leaving the Goldsborough watershed. …



Quinault Indian Nation jump-starting important spruce tree growth

By • Jul 12th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

A Quinault Indian Nation tree planting crew plants spruce trees as part of jump-starting the growth of this key species that helps stabilize river channels that are important fish habitat.

Restoring Sitka spruce and native vegetation to the upper Quinault River valley floodplain is another piece of the complex puzzle the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) is assembling to rehabilitate the Quinault River and the sockeye or …



What Tribal Hatcheries Are Doing to Save Salmon from the Drought

By • Jun 19th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

Dean Jackson, Quileute tribal fisheries technician, moves salmon fry out of a pool cut off from Morganroth Creek as part of the tribe’s work to move as many stranded fry as possible from pools created by early and persistent drought conditions.

Tribal hatchery managers are working to save salmon from potentially deadly water temperatures and low flows.

On the Olympic Peninsula, the Makah Tribe’s Hoko …



How a Hot Summer Could Be Deadly for Salmon

By • Jun 17th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Coho fry are rescued from pools that had become disconnected from the Hoh River.

After a winter of record low snowfall and Gov. Jay Inslee’s May declaration of a statewide drought, treaty tribes in western Washington are concerned about high water temperatures, low flows and pre-spawn mortality in returning salmon.

“This drought will have catastrophic, far-reaching effects for many years to come,” said Scott Schuyler, natural …



Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, students gather data from Tumwater Creek

By • Jun 15th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Lucas Verstegen, left, and Tyler Hansen, students at North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, prep a smolt from Tumwater Creek for identification. To view more, click on the photo.

A group of teenage “citizen scientists” have been helping the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe this spring by studying an urban creek that hasn’t been looked at in nearly 30 years.

Students in the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center’s …



When you add more wood to a river, it means more salmon

By • Jun 5th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Over the past three years, the Squaxin Island Tribe has tracked 100,000 coho to see where they go.

Coho in the Deschutes River are in trouble. In fact, every three years, no coho at all return to the river.

The results of a study recently completed by the Squaxin Island Tribe point to a deadly combination of a lack of trees making their way into the …



Jamestown S’Klallam reconnects creek to strait to save fish

By • May 29th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Jamestown S’Klallam tribal staff dig out a channel in a sandbar that is blocking the flow of Siebert Creek to the Strait of Juan de Fuca due to low water flow.

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is starting to see the effects of this year’s predicted low water flow in the Dungeness River Valley much sooner than anticipated.

Tribal natural resources staff discovered this week that the …



Swinomish Fish Co. to sell salmon bacon

By • May 26th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Swinomish Fish Co. has found a purpose for the meat left on a salmon’s frame after it is filleted.

Salmon bacon.

The tribally owned company is smoking and packaging the remaining meat into a new ready-to-eat product. The Native Catch brand salmon bacon should be in stores by mid-June, along with its new sockeye salmon jerky.

“We suspect that bacon is going to be a …



New tools aid tribe’s steelhead tracking

By • Apr 27th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Jed Moore, salmon biologist for the Nisqually Indian Tribe, uses a tablet computer to record steelhead spawning in the Nisqually watershed.

Nisqually tribal surveyors are hitting the water with a new piece of equipment that will help them better track endangered steelhead.

“We’ve been adapting our surveying techniques to gather more precise information on not only how many steelhead make it back each year to spawn, …