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Squaxin Island tribe snorkeling for juvenille coho

By • Oct 20th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Candace Penn and Michael West, Squaxin Island tribal staff, look for juvnille coho that might be using a small stream in the Deschutes watershed.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is conducting snorkel surveys throughout the Deschutes River watershed, looking for stretches where coho go to feed and grow.

Each spring for the last three years, the tribe has released 100,000 juvenile coho into the Deschutes. They then …

Suquamish Tribe, agencies restore eelgrass beds on Bainbridge Island

By • Oct 17th, 2014 • Category: News

Work will begin this week on the final phase of a major eelgrass restoration project located just outside Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island.

The project is at the site of the former Milwaukee Dock, near Pritchard Park. The dock, removed in the early 1990s, historically served the Wyckoff creosote plant; the area is now a Superfund cleanup site.

The dock was constructed in a dense subtidal …

Degraded water quality forces Lummi to close shellfish harvest

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

Lummi tribal members harvest clams in Portage Bay in 2011.

High levels of fecal coliform prompted the Lummi Nation to close 335 acres of Portage Bay shellfish beds in September.

The fecal coliform – mostly from livestock, human and pet waste originating upstream from the reservation – exceeds federal bacterial standards, meaning the shellfish could be unsafe to eat. The voluntary closure affects Lummi’s treaty-protected ceremonial, …

Lower Elwha Klallam, USGS, Sea Grant: More forage fish seen at Elwha River mouth

By • Oct 9th, 2014 • Category: News

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Washington Sea Grant are observing an increase of forage fish and Dungeness crab near the mouth of the Elwha River since the river’s two dams have been demolished.

Divers have noted continuous sand deposits in the Elwha nearshore, covering formerly cobble-dominated sub-tidal areas. This has resulted in the habitat shifting from a rocky bottom and kelp-dominated

Makah Tribe to celebrate completion of state-of-the-art dock

By • Oct 8th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Makah Tribe will celebrate the completion of their $13 million dock built to earthquake and tsunami standards that will serve the community and others for years to come.

The Makah Tribe will celebrate the opening of their new $13.8 million dock at 11 a.m., Oct. 10 with a blessing and ribbon cutting even as they prepare for phase two of the facility.

The new 120-foot …

Puyallup Tribe trying to find out what’s happening to the spring chinook

By • Oct 6th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Justin Paul, salmon biologist for the Puyallup Tribe, conducts a survey in the upper White River watershed.

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is trying to find out why so many spring chinook are passed above a dam on the White River, but so few of them end up spawning.

“We’re trying to identify sources of pre-spawning mortality that have contributed to a wide disparity between the …

Pink Salmon Feeding Bull Trout

By • Sep 30th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

A bull trout is tagged by Puyallup tribal staff at an adult trap on the White River.

The largest bull trout ever recorded on the White River was found by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians at an adult fish trap in June. The 12-pound fish was three times the size of the average bull trout.

“The most interesting thing about that bull trout is that we’ve …

Monitoring shows Skagit delta restoration benefits chinook more than expected

By • Sep 22nd, 2014 • Category: News

Skagit River System Cooperative staff beach seines for juvenile fish use of Fisher Slough following a restoration.

A five-year monitoring effort has shown that the Fisher Slough restoration project has benefited juvenile chinook even more than predicted in the Skagit River Salmon Recovery Plan.

The Nature Conservancy led the project to restore tidal marsh habitat and connectivity in the Skagit watershed using a dike setback and …

Lorraine Loomis Elected Chair of Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

By • Sep 16th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

OLYMPIA – Lorraine Loomis, a Swinomish tribal member, has been elected chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

She replaces the late Billy Frank Jr., who served as NWIFC chairman for more than 30 years. Frank died on May 5, 2014 at the age of 83.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected chair of the NWIFC,” said Loomis. “No one can ever replace Billy. …

Tribes, State Help Landowners Minimize Elk Damage

By • Sep 11th, 2014 • Category: News

Tulalip tribal staff build a five-strand electric fence to keep elk out of a planted corn field.

Many property owners with agricultural lands in Skagit and Whatcom counties have experienced elk damage as portions of the North Cascades elk herd move into the valley floor seeking easy forage opportunities. Point Elliott Treaty tribes and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), along with other interested …