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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 …

Jamestown S’Klallam Gathering Steelhead DNA for Database

By • Jul 23rd, 2014 • Category: News

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe wants to know which age class of steelhead is surviving best within the Dungeness River watershed.

While checking smolt traps and conducting spawning ground surveys this spring, the tribe took tail and scale samples from 500 juvenile steelhead in five creeks between Sequim and Port Angeles: Seibert, McDonald, Matriotti, Bell and Jimmycomelately.

“We’re already counting the adults and juveniles every spring and …

Steelhead population has doubled in Skokomish River, Hood Canal

By • Jul 22nd, 2014 • Category: News

The steelhead population in the Skokomish River has doubled since the Skokomish Tribe started a supplementation project in 2006, part of a 16 year-long project to boost the steelhead population in Hood Canal.

“The increase in the number of egg nests has given us an early indication that the project is working, but the long-term monitoring will be the true test of its success,” said Matt …

Lower Elwha Klallam Looking at Hair Loss Syndrome in Black-Tailed Deer

By • Jul 18th, 2014 • Category: News

Standing in the sunroof of a truck, Kim Sager-Fradkin points her spotlight into a dark clearcut, searching for pairs of reflective deer eyes.

Spotlighting is just one method the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s wildlife biologist is using to count the black-tailed deer population on the North Olympic Peninsula as part of a three-year study.

“Very little is known about the population size, habitat and home range, …

Nisqually Tribe, neighbors, continuing habitat restoration on Ohop Creek

By • Jul 17th, 2014 • Category: News

The youngest generation of the Burwash family (former owners of the property now being restored) throws dirt out of the soon-to-be meandering creek bed during a groundbreaking ceremony.

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

“In this stretch of creek, salmon aren’t really given much …

Tribes Cautious About Governor’s Toxics Reduction Plan

By • Jul 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington have mixed feelings regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement today about the state’s fish consumption and cancer risk rates used to determine water quality standards.

Tribes are generally supportive of Inslee’s move to increase the state’s fish consumption rate to 175 grams per day, but are deeply concerned about a proposed tenfold increase in the cancer risk rate.

The current cancer …

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Finishes River Otter, American Dipper Study in Elwha River Watershed

By • Jul 2nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is wrapping up its four-year study on river otters and American dippers in the Elwha River watershed.

The tribe has been studying how the animals use the river for food and habitat and how those needs have been impacted by the recent removal of the river’s Elwha and Glines Canyon dams.

A river otter rests on a log in the Elwha

Squaxin Island Tribe getting to the bottom of salmon impacts of lake

By • Jun 19th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Joe Puhn, Squaxin natural resources technician, prepares temperature gauges.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is getting to the bottom of Lake Isabella, to find out if water temperatures are affecting salmon populations downstream.

“Warm water can really hurt juvenile salmon before they migrate out to the ocean,” said Sarah Zaniewski, habitat biologist for the Squaxin Island Tribe. Warm water can spawn diseases and carries little of the …

National Congress of American Indians joins the Muckleshoot Tribe to oppose genetically engineered salmon

By • Jun 11th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

James Miller hoists a chinook salmon at the Muckleshoot Tribe’s White River hatchery

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the National Congress of American Indians are taking a stand against the threat of genetically engineered salmon.

“Creating genetically engineered salmon would mean that our traditional knowledge and relationship with salmon would pass out of our hands to a transnational corporation,” …