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Did a Winter Visit By Orcas Help Puget Sound Steelhead?

By • May 27th, 2015 • Category: News

Transient whales in Puget Sound in 2010. Photo by tifotter via flickr.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe – with help from the federal and state government – is trying to find out how much a winter-time visit of marine mammal eating transient orca whales might have benefited endangered steelhead.

The orcas preyed on marine mammals, whose numbers had been spiking around Puget Sound in recent years. …



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 …



Coastal razor clam harvest closed indefinitely

By • May 14th, 2015 • Category: News

Scott Mazzone, marine biologist for the Quinault Indian Nation, digs a razor clam to sample marine biotoxins. All razor clam harvest has been suspended indefinitely on the Washington coast due to a high level of domoic acid. The toxin does not harm the clams, but can sicken or kill humans.

The state Department of Health has closed the non-tribal razor clam harvest for the Washington coast …



Makah Tribe continues pursuit of treaty whaling right

By • May 4th, 2015 • Category: News

“Our treaty is a living document just like the Constitution,” said Makah tribal member John Haupt during a public hearing about the tribe’s proposed whale hunt. “You are making something simple, complicated – we ceded thousands of acres of land in exchange for protection of our rights on the ocean.”

The hearing, held in Port Angeles at the end of April, was part of a National …



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,” …



Suquamish Tribe Reaches Out to Tideland Owners

By • Mar 24th, 2015 • Category: News

As a way to better connect with waterfront landowners, the Suquamish Tribe has been hosting a successful shellfish social hour the past two years.

At a restaurant in Silverdale each winter, the tribe invites property owners on Dyes Inlet to talk with tribal staff about its work, including tribal shellfish harvesting and its tidelands leasing program.

“Overall, it’s an opportunity to strengthen the tribe’s relationship with …



Lummi Nation Shellfish Hatchery Adds All-Night Algae Feeders

By • Mar 16th, 2015 • Category: News

Lummi’s shellfish hatchery grows its own algae to feed millions of geoduck, manila and oyster seeds.

The Lummi Nation’s shellfish hatchery is adding an all-night feeding system to its algae-growing operation.

For years, the hatchery has grown its own algae to feed growing manila clam, geoduck and oyster larvae. The new system installed this winter consists of 60 algae-filled bags in glowing Gatorade shades that pump …