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Seattle Times: Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections in Puget Sound

By • Jun 25th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

From the Seattle Times this morning:

Three conservation groups on Wednesday petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how it regulates seawalls, bulkheads or other barriers to increase habitat protections along Puget Sound shorelines.

Such concrete or rock structures prevent erosion and protect waterfront homes, but they also alter beaches and disrupt habitat for juvenile salmon, forage fish and other species.

So Friends of



Bellingham Herald: Change Indian St. to Billy Frank Jr. St.

By • Jun 25th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

From the Bellingham Herald yesterday on an effort underway to honor Billy Frank Jr.:

“It comes with a bit of heartache that we have a street named Indian Street, because that means so many different things to so many different people,” Murphy said during an afternoon council meeting June 15. “So many people identify with it in Indian Country, and others detest it. This is just



What Tribal Hatcheries Are Doing to Save Salmon from the Drought

By • Jun 19th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

Stillaguamish natural resources staff collect chinook salmon broodstock in this 2012 photo. This summer’s drought threatens the survival of returning salmon, prompting hatchery managers to take steps to save them.

Tribal hatchery managers are working to save salmon from potentially deadly water temperatures and low flows.

On the Olympic Peninsula, the Makah Tribe’s Hoko Hatchery released chinook three weeks early and sockeye a month early.…



Nettles are a vital part of tribal diets, culture

By • Jun 8th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Janell Blacketer, and the rest of the staff at the Nisqually Tribe’s community garden, prepares nettles for use by tribal members.

Thanks to a concerted effort by staff at the Nisqually Tribe’s community garden, tribal members can have regular access to nettles, an important traditional food.

Nettles – despite their stinging reputation – are a highly nutritious and seasonally important plant to the tribe’s culture.

Nettles …



Quinault Indian Nation Sovereignty over Lake Quinault affirmed

By • May 21st, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

A U.S. District Court judge has affirmed the Quinault Indian Nation’s sovereignty over Lake Quinault and thrown out a case questioning the tribe’s authority to manage the lake. “This quick and explicit ruling was never in doubt,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp in a statement. “As I said back in January, Lake Quinault is undisputedly within the Quinault Reservation. This was a meritless lawsuit. Lake …



News Tribune: Tacoma Power improves fish passage on North Fork Skokomish

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

The Tacoma News Tribune reported on the latest project of Tacoma Power’s hydroelectric program on the North Fork of the Skokomish River, as part of the 2009 settlement with the Skokomish Tribe.

While adjustments have made to the dams on the river to allow for improved fish passage, a natural feature called Little Falls, two miles downstream from Cushman Dam No. 2, was too steep for …



Keep Our Seafood Clean: Russ Hepfer explains why we need a strong rule

By • May 14th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Over at Keep Seafood Clean, you should read an essay by Lower Elwha vice-chair Russ Hepfer about why a strong water quality rule would protect all Washingtonians:

State government has wrestled for decades with updating the standards that are supposed to protect us from toxics in our water that end up in the food we eat. The more fish and shellfish we eat, the cleaner



King 5: Young eagle released after nearly drowning

By • May 12th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Nano Perez and Tom Friedrich were surveying the Nisqually River for spawning steelhead when they came upon a wounded bald eagle. The tribal staff members were on hand yesterday when the bird was released, healthy, back to the river.

From King 5:

The soon realized the beaver was a bird.

“Kind of hopping around – soaked – shivering – blood in it’s mouth,” said Perez.



New Alaskan tribal fish commission eyes experience of Boldt tribes

By • May 11th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Mark Trahant in Indian Country Today looks at the formation of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and how the tribes up there are drawing on the experience of tribes down here:

On May 8, 2015, 28 tribes on the Kuskokwim River started down another path, assuming co-management of fish in the river system by creating a Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. It’s modeled on the



“Sharing the burden”

By • May 6th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Carl Burke, a contract lobbyist working for Puget Sound Anglers and the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, made a strong statement about how his employers feel about the North of Falcon process during a recent state senate workshop yesterday.

Burke said:

The issue we have with the tribes occasionally, specifically in the North of Falcon, is when they refuse to share the burden of conservation with us