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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



New backgrounder on treaty rights in western Washington

By • Oct 10th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Recently we put together a new four page backgrounder on treaty rights in the region. It covers the history and legal doctrine upon which treaty rights are based.

Here’s a sample:

It is important to note that treaties containing essentially the same language by which the tribes reserved the right to fish, hunt and gather were signed with the tribes in western Washington, the Columbia River



NWIFC Magazine: Steelhead hatchery broodstock and new leadership

By • Oct 9th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog, NWIFC Magazine

The new NWIFC magazine is available for download. In this edition, you can read about our new leadership here at the commission and about tribe’s using hatchery broodstock to help support weak steelhead runs.

From the magazine:

The steelhead population in the Skokomish  River  has  doubled  since  the  Skokomish Tribe started a supplementation projectin  2006,  part  of  a  16-year-long  project  to boost the steelhead population in



KING5: Bird poop and logs on the Elwha River

By • Oct 8th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

KING 5 sat down this week with Kim Sager-Fradkin, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s wildlife biologist, to discuss the latest wildlife project that is part of the restoration of the Elwha River.



Video: Stillaguamish Tribe Spawns Chinook at Harvey Creek Hatchery

By • Oct 7th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog, Video

In August and September, the Stillaguamish Tribe spawned adult chinook collected on the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. The tribe’s hatchery supplementation program has provided a comprehensive and long-running coded-wire tag harvest rate indicator data set.

Next spring, the tribal natural resources staff will release the offspring of these fish to ensure that the genetic integrity of the stock remains intact while not being vulnerable …