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Chief Kitsap Academy students build water sensor computers

By • Jun 19th, 2015 • Category: News

Using wires, computer chips, batteries, PVC piping, duct tape and glue, a group of students at Chief Kitsap Academy gathered data about water quality in their backyard this spring.

Working with the University of Washington, a group of nine high school students in Karen Matsumoto’s marine biology class constructed small computers with temperature probes to measure water temperature in the nearshore marine waters behind the school.…

Lummi Nation Raises Next Generation of Stewards

By • Jun 18th, 2015 • Category: News

From elementary school through young adulthood, Lummi Nation youth are learning about the natural resources that sustain their culture.

Lummi Nation School students from kindergarten through sixth grade are planting ocean spray shrubs beside the Wex’lium community longhouse. Known in the tribal language as tsingenilhch, the ironwood is fire-resistant when cut into the sticks used to cook salmon for traditional gatherings.

“By the time these …

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 …

Suquamish Tribe’s Doe Kag Wats estuary: Keeping good wood, removing bad wood

By • Jun 15th, 2015 • Category: News

The Suquamish Tribe’s Doe Kag Wats estuary is the site of a large woody debris removal experiment this summer.

”Our hypothesis is that by removing the excess amount of the milled and treated logs that have washed into the estuary, the native marsh vegetation will be restored, as well as insect species, many of which are important to both healthy and recovering salmon populations,” said Tom …

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 …

Suquamish Seafoods builds new office, processing facility

By • May 30th, 2015 • Category: News

The Suquamish Tribe has constructed a new seafood plant to increase the variety of products offered to consumers.

“With the new plant, we have the ability to deliver fresh clams, crab and salmon to our commercial customers,” said Suquamish Seafoods general manager Tony Forsman. “We also plan to develop our product lines further, making them available directly to the consumer.”

The new 16,000-square-foot building includes a …

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 …

How the Squaxin Island Tribe is boosting shellfish populations

By • May 29th, 2015 • Category: News

Doyle Foster, a shellfish technician with the Squaxin Island Tribe, bags clam seed from the tribe’s FLUPSY.

The Squaxin Island Tribe recently constructed a floating upwelling system (FLUPSY) to help maintain a growing shellfish enhancement program.

“This gives us much more flexibility in our shellfish growing operation,” said Eric Sparkman, the tribe’s shellfish management biologist. “By buying seed, raising and holding it until we’re ready to …

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. …