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Bellingham Herald: Lummi salmon harvest feeds nation, world

By • Dec 19th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Tim Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Nation, wrote the following in the Bellingham Herald today:

With the largest native commercial fishing fleet in the United States, the Lummi Nation is able to contribute to the food supply of not only our nation, but the world. In 2013, 553 members of the Lummi Nation harvested 8.4 million pounds of fish or shellfish for commercial purposes. Our



EPA to step in for human health in Washington water quality standards

By • Dec 19th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Cross posted at Keep Seafood Clean

Four months ago treaty tribes asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency to step in and set water quality standards in Washington state that would protect human health. Late last night the EPA answered that call and told the state that they are moving ahead.

Criticism of Inslee’s draft propose plan centers around the tenfold increase of the risk of cancer



KUOW: Court Case Is The Latest Battle In Water Wars Of The Skagit River

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

The State Supreme Court supposedly put the case on Skagit River water to bed, in favor of the salmon. Yet, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is back in court again, defending fish and their treaty rights.

From KUOW:

“Washington State Supreme Court has ruled on this issue already,” said Larry Wasserman, referring to the 2013 State Supreme Court decision. Wasserman is the environmental policy director



East Oregonian: Tribes show political/scientific resilience in the post-Frank era

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

What a great piece that the East Oregonian editorial writers put together in late October. In case you missed it, it highlights all the great work the tribes across the region are taking on. As the newspaper points out, all of this work goes beyond benefitting the tribes, it benefits everyone:

NWIFC Commissioner Russ Hepfer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe leads off the issue with



Puyallup Tribe finds a huge and late out-going juvenile chinook

By • Nov 25th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

A couple of weeks ago, a biologist from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians found an unusually large juvenile chinook salmon that was migrating out of the Puyallup River oddly late.

While most juvenile chinook the tribe counts and measures at the trap are around 3.5 inches and are only a few months old, this chinook was over eight inches long and had obviously been in the …



Walking on: Todd Wilbur of Swinomish

By • Nov 24th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Swinomish tribal member Todd Wilbur, director of fish and game enforcement for the tribe and board member of the Skagit River System Cooperative, passed away Nov. 17.

Wilbur also was chairman of NWIFC’s inter-tribal wildlife committee. He was interviewed in October 2013 for the Tribal Voices Archive Project:

From Legacy.com:

He was born in Pasco, Washington, on November 12, 1959. He is survived by



The Wild Fish Conservancy ignores habitat when they’re making their case for steelhead

By • Oct 24th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Wild Fish Conservancy’s Kurt Beardslee recently told supporters that the group’s victory to block release of nearly a million state hatchery-produced steelhead in western Washington this fall was the “the biggest win of its type.”

Read the NWIFC’s statement on the WFC lawsuit.

While the group claims that hatchery salmon and steelhead production is undermining recovery of threatened wild stocks, WFC ignores the biggest factor



Follow the South Sound Science Symposium live at the Squaxin Island Tribe

By • Oct 22nd, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Squaxin Island tribal staff will be their blog tomorrow to cover the South Sound Science Symposium.

Throughout the day, there will be regular updates from the symposium being held at the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Events Center. All of the posts will be under this category. You can also follow the social media hashtag (on Facebook or Twitter) #S42014 for even more discussion.…



How treaty tribes reacted to a lower than expected chinook run in Puget Sound

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

Chinook are spawned be the Nisqually Tribe at the Kalama Creek hatchery. The tribe operates two hatcheries on the Nisqually that provide fish for harvest by sport, tribal and commercial fishermen.

Across most of Puget Sound, tribal fisheries and hatchery managers report that fall chinook returns are running at about one-third of preseason expectations.

“The fish came in late and low, but enough to get our …



Sequim Gazette: Tribe, State restoration work results in returning chum

By • Oct 11th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Sequim Gazette reported on this fall’s return of summer chum to Jimmycomelately Creek. Numbers aren’t as high this year as last year’s 8,000 fish that returned to the creek, but biologists credit the overall increased numbes of fish returning to the creek to both the state’s supplementation program and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s massive restoration of the creek in 2004.

From the story:

For the past