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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 …

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe Tests Remote Site Incubator to Enhance Chum Run

By • Mar 13th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Sauk-Suiattle elders still talk about the old days harvesting chum salmon from Lyle Creek.

With chum runs on the decline since 2007, and no fish in Lyle Creek, the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe is testing a method of enhancing the population using a remote site incubator.

Salmon runs across Puget Sound are in decline because of lost and degraded habitat. Remote site incubators enable fisheries co-managers to supplement …

Swinomish Tribe’s Restoration Improves Fish Passage Beside Farmland

By • Mar 11th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Swinomish environmental director Todd Mitchell observes a self-regulating tide gate that is mostly under water in the Smokehouse tidelands.

Farming interests in Skagit County often seem at odds with salmon habitat restoration, but an ongoing project by the Swinomish Tribe aims to show that it doesn’t have to be that way.

The tribe owns the land known as the Smokehouse tidelands along the Swinomish Channel south …

The Nisqually Tribe taking a close look at how salmon recovery can mean wildlife recovery

By • Mar 3rd, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Troy Rahmig, a consultant working for the Nisqually Tribe, checks a game camera near Ohop Creek.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe is taking a look at how improvements to a creek meant to benefit salmon could also be helping elk, deer and beavers.

“For over a decade we’ve been planning and conducting restoration on miles of salmon habitat on Ohop Creek,” said David Troutt, natural resources director …

Swinomish Tribe Studies Effect of Climate Change on Community, Culture

By • Feb 25th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Climate change threatens not only the environment, but also tribal communities whose culture, livelihood and identities depend on natural resources.

“Current climate change assessments omit key community health concerns, which are vital to successful adaptation plans, particularly for indigenous communities,” said Jamie Donatuto, environmental health specialist for the Swinomish Tribe.

“Recent assessments show that indigenous communities, especially coastal communities, are disproportionately vulnerable to a number of …

Upper Skagit’s Sustainable Forestry Turns Maples to Guitars

By • Feb 19th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News

Pacific Tonewoods general manager Eric Warner shows a guitar with a back made from a maple tree.

Two maple trees harvested from Upper Skagit Tribe timberlands have a musical future ahead of them.

The trees were sold to Pacific Rim Tonewoods, a specialty sawmill upriver from the Upper Skagit Reservation that sells lumber to guitar makers Taylor and Martin, among others. While most guitar tops, sound …