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NWIFC Magazine: Remembering Billy Frank Jr.

By • Jul 18th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

The latest NWIFC News magazine is available, focused on the life and history of NWIFC’s chairman emeritus, Billy Frank Jr., who passed away May 5.

The 12-page full-color publication features Billy’s life history, photos and remembrances from friends, family and co-workers.

The magazine is available for download here.

AP: Elwha River restoring itself quicker than expected

By • Jul 16th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Associated Press posted an update recently about the removal of the Elwha River’s two fish-blocking dams, the Elwha and Glines Canyon, and the rapid changes witnessed  by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and scientists involved since dam deconstruction started in 2011.

From the story:

Marine creatures such as eulachon, or candlefish, and Dungeness crab have been documented in the estuary for the first time in 

Kitsap Sun: Skokomish River to support sockeye, chinook salmon again

By • Jul 15th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Construction has started on the Skokomish River with the expectation that sockeye salmon will return to the river after being absent for nearly a decade.

The Kitsap Sun (subscription required) reported about the construction of two salmon hatcheries and other facilities on the North Fork of the Skokomish River that will support sockeye and chinook salmon runs.

The work is a result of negotiations between the …

Kitsap Sun: Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, DOE cleaning up Port Gamble Bay, Pier

By • Jul 14th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Kitsap Sun (subscription required) reported on the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s intense effort to clean up Point Julia and Port Gamble Bay this summer, in partnership with the Department of Ecology. From the story:

The tribe is working with the state Department of Ecology to remove not only derelict vessels and scrap metal debris from in and around the bay, but also the Point Julia Pier

Governor to announce decision on water quality standards today

By • Jul 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

You can watch the governor’s announcement here at noon.

This decision comes after decades of advocacy by the tribes to increase the state’s fish consumption rate (an important part of the formula to determine water quality standards) to a realistic level. Currently, the rate is 6.5 grams a day, well below even the consumption of an average state citizen. This rate is especially low compared …

Northwest tribes traveling to Bella Bella for canoe journey

By • Jul 7th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

A Suquamish tribal canoe prepares to land at the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe’s beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca on their way to Bella Bella while Jamestown tribal chair, Ron Allen, waits to welcome them.

As tribal canoes from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond travel to Bella Bella, British Columbia, you can follow their progress and see pictures at www.canoejourneymaps.orgTo see the …

Bill Sterud on the fish consumption rate

By • Jul 2nd, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Bill Sterud, vice-chairman of the Puyallup Tribal Council, writes in the Tacoma Weekly that the debate on water quality in Washington should be about protecting people:

To us, the answers are simple. We want rules that will protect all of us – the health of all citizens of Washington State, including all of our members. At the heart of this matter for the Puyallup Tribe

Ed Johnstone on Make No Bones About It

By • Jul 1st, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Ed Johnstone, treasurer of the NWIFC and natural resources spokesperson for the Quinault Indian Nation was recently on Make No Bones About It at KAOS radio in Olympia:

In addition to the Treaty Rights at Risk initiative, Johnstone also talked about the fight to keep oil trains away from the coast. The Quinault Indian Nation is planning to honor 47 Canadian victims of oil trains on …

North Kitsap Herald: Tribal Canoe Journey to Bella Bella Begins

By • Jun 20th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The North Kitsap Herald posted an article about area tribes kicking off the journey to Bella Bella, British Columbia for the 2014 Tribal Canoe Journey.

From the story:

Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman is pulling in the Suquamish canoe to Bella Bella.

“The Journey is a cultural, spiritual, ceremonial and social event,” he said. “The Journey can provide a platform for expressing our Tribal values that

State still billions short in repairing culverts that threaten treaty rights and salmon

By • Jun 9th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

TVW has an update on how the state is doing responding to a court to the Culvert Case. Back in 2007, a federal court ordered the state to repair state-owned fish blocking culverts in western Washington.

Just over a year ago the same court issued an injunction forcing the state to fix the culverts, but the state quickly appealed that decision:

“The salmon needs our