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What Tribal Hatcheries Are Doing to Save Salmon from the Drought

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

Stillaguamish natural resources staff collect chinook salmon broodstock in this 2012 photo. This summer’s drought threatens the survival of returning salmon, prompting hatchery managers to take steps to save them.

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 Hatchery released chinook three weeks early and sockeye a month early.…



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, …



Tribal and state salmon co-managers come to agreement on upcoming fishing seasons

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

Treaty tribal and state salmon co-managers reached agreement late Tuesday on a package of fishing seasons that will fairly share the burden of conserving weak wild salmon stocks while providing limited harvest opportunities.

“Cooperation on both sides helped to ensure that everyone will be able to fish this year,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

“We are especially thankful for the leadership …



Heronswood Gardens Receives First Tribal Art

By • Mar 30th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Carvers David Franklin and Brian Perry, and a Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe dancer perform in front of the totem pole at Heronswood. Photos of the totem pole can be viewed by clicking here.

Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal member Brian Perry has dabbled in small carving projects the past 20 years, but knew he needed support for creating his first totem pole.

Perry, under the eye …



Nisqually Tribe removing lost fishing gear from South Sound

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

Jake Johnston, dive supervisor for the tribe’s marine services division, handles an air hose after a tribal diver retrieved a lost crab pot.

Divers from the Nisqually Indian Tribe Marine Services Division are reducing fish mortalities and helping to restore the Salish Sea habitat by removing lost fishing gear from the bottom of Puget Sound.

“Recreation and commercial fishermen have been on the water for decades,” …