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Kitsap Sun: Kittyhawk Drive culvert finally removed for fish

By • Aug 28th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Kitsap Sun (subscription required) reported on the removal of a partial fish-blocking culvert on Chico Creek, under Kittyhawk Drive. Under the direction of the Suquamish Tribe, the 50-year old culvert is being removed, fully allowing the mouth of the estuary to return to a more natural state.

From the story:

Removing the Kittyhawk culvert is an important step in restoring the estuary, according to

Olympian: State’s failure to fix culverts violates treaty rights

By • Aug 22nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

Billy Frank Jr. stands on top of a culvert in 2008.

The Olympian wrote an editorial urging the state to heed a federal injunction to fix fish-blocking culverts:

Imagine you are driving on the freeway, returning from a long trip, longing with all your heart just to be home. Suddenly you are forced to a complete stop because the freeway is broken and you are facing

Video: Lummi Nation returns to traditional reef net fishery

By • Aug 22nd, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog, Video

Lummi Nation’s Return to Reef Netting from NW Indian Fisheries Commission on Vimeo.

Lummi Nation fishermen are returning to the traditional method of harvesting salmon in a reef net.

The tribe held reef net fisheries for hundreds of years at traditional sites such as Cherry Point, known in the tribal language as Xwe’chi’eXen. After the Lummi Nation signed the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855, …

Peninsula Daily News: Tribe, groups create new oyster habitat

By • Aug 21st, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Peninsula Daily News reported on the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, of which the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is a member, restoring oyster habitat in Discovery Bay recently. The committee, tribe, WSU Beach Watchers and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife collaborated to start the process to revive the native Olympia oyster in the bay.

Seattle Times: Last of the Elwha River dams to come down

By • Aug 18th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Seattle Times’ Lynda Mapes posted a wrap up of the latest efforts to complete the Elwha River Restoration project. The remains of the formerly 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam are expected to be removed in September, three years after the removal process began for both the Glines and Elwha dams. The Elwha Dam, formerly at 108 feet tall, was completely removed by 2013. Aside from salmon …

The Social Fabric of a Community

By • Aug 18th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Louie Ungaro, a Muckleshoot tribal councilmember, recently wrote about his tribe’s spring chinook fish drive. The special ceremonial fishery occurs each year on the White River and tribal members use special implements like spears to catch the chinook.

“I believe that our community’s first resource is the people, and that it is our responsibility to protect and be good stewards to the land, ourselves, each other …

Nisqually tribal fisherman maximizing value of salmon

By • Aug 4th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Nisqually fishers listen to a presentation on the upcoming salmon seasons and how to maximize the value of their catch.

For the past several years, the Nisqually Tribe has bought and sold salmon caught by their fishermen. This summer, the tribe worked with Sea Grant and dozens of tribal fishermen to review techniques to increase the value of their salmon.

The goal of the program is …

Oil-bearing trains equivalent of moving bombs through cities and towns

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

This mini-documentary film graphically shows not only the hazards of the explosive growth in oil-bearing trains, including more frequent fatality-causing accidents, but how the process to allow the traffic in some areas has often been done behind closed doors. The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) opposes several proposals to dramatically increase oil train traffic through critical salmon and bird habitat. For more information about QIN’s efforts, see …

Kitsap Sun: After 12 years, Port Gamble Bay safe for shellfish harvesting

By • Jul 29th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Kitsap Sun reported that shellfish beds in Port Gamble Bay are now open for harvest after 12 years of being closed because of high toxic chemical levels.

From the story:

A health assessment, completed earlier this year, concluded that toxic chemicals in shellfish from the area were below levels of concern for commercially grown shellfish, said Scott Berbells of the state’s Office of Shellfish and

Column: Reducing cancer protection undermines higher fish consumption rate

By • Jul 28th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

The Olympian today features a column by Emily Lardner, co-director of the National Resource Center for Learning Communities at The Evergreen State College:

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced his intention to increase the official estimate for how much fish we can safely eat in Washington, from 6.3 grams per day (about the size of a Ritz cracker) to 175 grams per day (about 6 ounces). This