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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 …

Beavers relocated to improve salmon habitat

By • Sep 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

This summer, raceways at the Tulalip Tribes’ Bernie Kai-Kai Gobin Hatchery were renovated into temporary beaver condominiums.

Six beavers nestled together in a furry cluster in one of the manmade lodges, confirming wildlife biologists’ suspicions that this was a family unit. Tribal staff, along with biologists from the University of Washington (UW), had captured the beaver colony in Duvall, where they were flooding a blueberry farm.…

Marine Survival Project Looks at Salmon Poisoning Disease

By • Sep 4th, 2014 • Category: News

Steelhead out-migrating from North Sound rivers appear to have better marine survival than steelhead smolts from South Sound, and researchers are studying salmon poisoning disease as a potential cause.

Salmon poisoning disease, or Nanophyetus salmincola, is best known as the parasite that can make dogs sick when they eat raw salmon. It also has been found to affect the swimming performance of infected salmonids, potentially reducing …

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe develops shellfish hatchery

By • Aug 28th, 2014 • Category: News

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is developing its own shellfish hatchery to benefit both tribal and non-tribal shellfish operations in Puget Sound.

The tribe plans to raise shellfish and grow shellfish seed (larvae) to sell, said Kurt Grinnell, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe vice-chair.

The tribe leased the former Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shellfish hatchery in Quilcene in late 2013 and started rearing 800 Pacific oysters in …

Nisqually Tribe working with neighbors to restore Ohop Creek

By • Aug 26th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Kyle Kautz, Nisqually tribal natural resources, collects fish from a pool in the former Ohop Creek channel.

This summer, the Nisqually Tribe, the Nisqually Land Trust and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group are tacking on another 1.5 miles of restored habitat to Ohop Creek.

“In this stretch of creek, salmon aren’t really given much space to feed or hide,” said David Troutt, natural resources …

Video: Swinomish tribe harvests Fraser sockeye

By • Aug 25th, 2014 • Category: News, Video

Earlier this month, Swinomish tribal fishermen used a purse seine to harvest Fraser River sockeye in the San Juan Islands for ceremonial and subsistence use. Some of the fish was distributed for tribal members to cook or can, and the rest was stored for ceremonial use during the winter.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe uses sonar to count fish in Elwha River

By • Aug 21st, 2014 • Category: News

Sonar is helping the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe get an accurate estimate of some species of salmon returning to the Elwha River.

The Tribe has been counting the number of returning adult chinook salmon and steelhead using a sonar camera since 2008 with positive results.

The camera is placed just below the water’s surface, sending out sound beams that “hit” a fish and reflect back to …

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe cleans tidelands for shellfish

By • Aug 5th, 2014 • Category: News

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is re-using old cinderblocks to clean up popular shellfish beds and delineate harvest areas.

With crews from the Department of Ecology’s Washington Conservation Corps/Veterans Conservation Corps (WCC/VCC) and NW Straits Commission, tribal shellfish staff spent a week in July situating the concrete blocks and removing debris from Quilcene and Sequim bays.

In Quilcene Bay, hundreds of cinderblocks were left behind on the …