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Return of the Fish Wars: Hatchery pits environmentalists against tribe

By • Apr 22nd, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Al Jazeera America posted up a new story today that shows how the Fish Wars from decades ago still echo in the battle over hatcheries, tribal fisheries management and salmon recovery:

In 1992, the tribe won a long battle to remove the dams and rehabilitate the entire watershed. The Lower Elwha and their federal partners — the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of

Sequim Gazette: Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe concerned about water supply for salmon

By • Apr 16th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe natural resources director Scott Chitwood spoke with the Sequim Gazette recently about the tribe’s concern for water supply and salmon this summer following 2014-15’s mild winter and low snowpack in the Olympic Mountains.

“We’re thinking about surface flows,” Scott Chitwood, natural resources director for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, said. “What influences groundwater influences surface flow and vice versa.” 

From Chitwood’s perspective, the main

Swinomish Tribe Files Suit to Stop Bakken Crude Trains

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

The Swinomish Tribal Community issued this press release yesterday:

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community filed a lawsuit in federal court today against BNSF Railway (BNSF) for violating the terms of an easement agreement allowing trains to cross its Reservation in Skagit County.

Train tracks running across the northern edge of the Reservation were laid in the late 1800’s, without consent from the Swinomish or federal

Tony Floor gets in-season fisheries management wrong

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

This is what a tribal emergency closure regulation looks like.


Tony Floor, director of Fishing Affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, was recently interviewed on the Outdoor Line (under March 28, 2015) on KIRO Radio 710 to talk about fisheries management issues.

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New NWIFC Magazine: Low snowpack concerns biologists

By • Apr 6th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog, NWIFC Magazine

Our new magazine is available now. Among other stories, you can read about how tribes are preparing for this summer’s low flow due to critically low snowpacks:

“Snowpack helps retain groundwater,” said Joe Gilbertson, fisheries manager and biologist for the Hoh Tribe.

“We had historic low flows last summer and fall and now we’re starting the year with little to no snowpack,” he said. “Snowpack

Crosscut gets salmon hatcheries wrong

By • Apr 2nd, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Statement from NWIFC chair Lorraine Loomis on two articles appearing in Crosscut (here and here) on hatchery management:

Daniel Jack Chasan’s recent attack on salmon and steelhead hatcheries failed to provide a view of their importance to the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington.

Our treaty rights depend on salmon and steelhead being available for harvest. Hatcheries are essential to fulfilling the harvest

Keep Seafood Clean: EPA says state isn’t using best available science in water quality rule

By • Apr 1st, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Cross posted at Keep Seafood Clean

Last week’s end of the public comment period on the state’s proposed water quality rules included substantial comments from all levels of our community. This includes the federal Environmental Protection Agency, whose job it is to enforce the Clean Water Act  (which the state water quality rules have to abide by).

So, what did the EPA think about the state’s …

Nature Conservancy buys 3,184 acres of Hoh River corridor

By • Mar 31st, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Nature Conservancy is adding to the existing conservation efforts by the Hoh River Trust with the purchase that closed March 30 of the 3,184 acres. The deal continues the goal of creating a 32-mile conservation corridor along the Hoh River extending from Olympic National Park toward the sea that protects important habitat for salmon and wildlife and will include long-term timber rotation in appropriate areas.…

Makah whaling draft EIS up for public comment

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

The Makah Tribe continues to work toward exercising their treaty right to hunt the gray whale, removed from the federal Endangered Species list in 1994, through a process to access the exemption listed in the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

NOAA Fisheries is inviting public comments on a new Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that evaluates the Makah Tribe’s request to resume treaty-based hunting of eastern North …

Watch as tribes take to the river to rescue fish when the waters drop

By • Mar 5th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog, Video

Justin Paul, biologist with the Puyallup Tribe, counts rescued salmon during a dewatering of the White River. More photos of the rescue effort can be found here: http://go.nwifc.org/fishout15

As the flow of the White River was held back by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Russ Ladley carefully searched for young salmon stranded in small pools. Unfortunately, most of the fish he found weren’t able to …