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New NWIFC Magazine: Low snowpack concerns biologists

Our new magazine is available now. Among other stories, you can read about how tribes are preparing for this summer’s low flow due to critically low snowpacks:

“Snowpack helps retain groundwater,” said Joe Gilbertson, fisheries manager and biologist for the Hoh Tribe.

“We had historic low flows last summer and fall and now we’re starting the year with little to no snowpack,” he said. “Snowpack

NWIFC Magazine: Steelhead hatchery broodstock and new leadership

The new NWIFC magazine is available for download. In this edition, you can read about our new leadership here at the commission and about tribe’s using hatchery broodstock to help support weak steelhead runs.

From the magazine:

The steelhead population in the Skokomish  River  has  doubled  since  the  Skokomish Tribe started a supplementation projectin  2006,  part  of  a  16-year-long  project  to boost the steelhead population in

EPA challenged on fish consumption rate

Cross posted from Keep Seafood Clean.

A group of environmental groups and commercial fisherman (some of whom are our partners of the Keep Seafood Clean Coalition) filed a lawsuit on Friday to force the federal government to raise Washington State’s fish consumption rate.

You can find the actual complaint here.

Here’s a clip from the AP story:

The groups, including Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia

In the magazine: Short window for intertidal geoduck dig

The Squaxin Island Tribe recently held an intertidal geoduck dig. Geoduck typically are harvested by divers who operate from boats. Intertidal geoduck harvests are uncommon, in part because they must happen within a short low-tide window.

“We have to work as the tide is going out so we can dig the clams before they’re covered back up,” said tribal member Bear Lewis. In 90 minutes, Lewis …

NWIFC Magazine: Coastal Tribes Meet in D.C. on Climate Change (and other stories)

Lillian Ives, Port Gamble S’Klallam Days Princess, places a decorated salmon carcass into a canoe during the tribe’s Return of the Salmon ceremony in August. The tribe held the ceremony for the first time in decades. Photo: Tiffany Royal

We just posted up our most recent magazine, which includes articles on hatchery contributions made by tribes, the continuing restoration of the Elwha River and a roundup …

NWIFC Magazine: Camas saved and planted in community garden

The new NWIFC Magazine is online and features a story about how the Nisqually Tribe rescued a rare and culturally important plant. From the Magazine:

Two hundred camas bulbs that were almost buried under a new road are now part of the Nisqually Tribe’s community garden.

“We  got  these  plants  out  just in time,” said Caitlin Krenn, the community    garden    coordinator.  A  work  party  of  

NWIFC Magazine: Glaciers, climate change and salmon

Anderson Glacier is the headwaters of the Quinault River. Larry Workman, QIN

The new NWIFC News features a story about the concerns of the Quinault Indian Nation about shrinking glaciers that feed two major coastal rivers. From the magazine:

The glaciers that feed the Queets and Quinault rivers are just fractions of their size today from a few decades ago. As they recede, they threaten salmon

NWIFC Magazine: Seabird Deaths Highlight Need for More Ocean Research

In this 1979 photo, a Quinault Indian Nation tribal member walks the beach in heavy foam near Duck Creek, several miles north of Taholah. Larry Workman, QIN

The new NWIFC Magazine features the efforts of coastal tribes to track harmful algea blooms in the Pacific Ocean and their impact on wildlife and fish stocks.

From the magazine:

In only the second incident of its kind reported

NWIFC Magazine: Good management yields wild results

The new NWIFC Magazine features a round up of salmon management successes by the tribes which are yielding results for all fishermen.

From the management roundup:

While overall salmon populations continue to decline mostly because of lost and damaged habitat, 2009 was a bright year for many stocks. Indian and non-Indian fishermen enjoyed harvests in some areas for the first time in years. While the tribal