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Port Orchard Independent: Two steps forward, three steps back is the story of salmon recovery

By • Feb 27th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

A great oped by the Port Orchard Independent takes a straight shot at the sometimes rose colored glasses assessment of salmon recovery:

According to the report, rivers and streams being assessed by monitoring stations have stable or increasing flows. That’s good — having enough water in rivers and streams is important for keeping the water cool enough for salmon to thrive. But shoreline armoring, through bulkheads



Earth Justice: Inside the Fight to Save the Salish Sea

By • Feb 24th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Earth Justice posted up an impressive photo essay documenting the struggle by treaty Indian tribes and Canadian native bands against a proposed oil pipeline.

A proposed tar sands pipeline through Western Canada threatens the Salish Sea—rich, abundant border waters shared by the U.S. and Canada—and the very existence and way of life of Native tribes located in the United States.

The pipeline would end near Vancouver,



NPR: Quinault Indian Nation facing down oil trains

By • Feb 24th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Ashley Ahearn had a long look at oil trains on Grays Harbor this morning. Featured in the piece was the perspective of the Quinault Indian Nation, whose livelihood is closely knotted with the health of natural resources in the region:

The Quinault have joined with the local fishing industry groups and environmentalists in opposition to the Grays Harbor oil terminals, but Fawn Sharp, president of the



Seattle Times Op Ed: To save our Puget Sound orcas, we must save salmon

By • Feb 23rd, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Seattle Times published an oped pointing out the connections between saving salmon and saving orca whales. David Troutt, natural resources director for the Nisqually Tribe, co-authored the piece.

Like the resident whales that depend on them, Puget Sound chinook salmon are also listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The spring chinook run from the mighty Fraser River in southern British Columbia is a



USGS: Results of Elwha Restoration Studies Published

By • Feb 20th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The United States Geological Survey announced this week that five papers revealing results of several studies of the effects of dam removal on the Elwha River were published recently in the science journal, Geomorphology.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe habitat program manager Mike McHenry contributed to one of the papers discussing the significant changes in the river channel and floodplain:

An abstract of the paper can be …



Sequim Gazette: Jamestown S’Klallam supports Taylor Shellfish geoduck farm

By • Feb 19th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe vocalized support during a recent Dungeness River Management Team meeting, where local company Taylor Shellfish Farms discussed its proposal to develop a 30-acre geoduck farm in Dungeness Bay.

From The Sequim Gazette:

Historically Dungeness Bay was used for shellfish aquaculture by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, but because of frequent closures by the Washington State Department of Health in response to poor



PDN: Heavy rains damage property, shift Dungeness River

By • Feb 17th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Peninsula Daily News reported how the recent heavy rains have damaged Sequim’s Railroad Bridge at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, of which the Jamestown Tribe is the property owner. The winter storms, going back to December, also have significantly shifted the river’s main channel.

While part of the bridge’s western trestle was damaged by heavy river flow in early February, tribal staff have noted the …



Treaty tribes released 40 million salmon in 2014

By • Feb 9th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe conducts its annual coho salmon spawning at the House of Salmon hatchery, November 2014.

Treaty Indian Tribes in western Washington released more than 40 million hatchery salmon in 2014 according to recently compiled statistics.

Of the 40 million salmon released, 13.7 million were chinook. Significant numbers of chum (16.9 million) and coho (8.6 million) were also released in addition to 658,00 …



Watch salmon going through the Nisqually Tribe’s new salmon camera

By • Jan 29th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Late last year the Nisqually Tribe put a new camera at a diversion dam on the Nisqually River. Take a look at some early results:

NT steelhead coho camera from NW Indian Fisheries Commission on Vimeo.



Planned state spending comes up short on culvert costs

By • Jan 23rd, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Chris Dunagan at the Kitsap Sun has a great blog post this morning about how the proposed state budget comes up short against a judge’s order to repair culverts and protect treaty rights:

In 2013, a federal judge ordered Washington state to replace nearly 1,000 culverts that block or impede fish passage along Western Washington streams. The $2.4-billion cost, as estimated by the Washington State Department