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New video: Get in the boat with the Nisqually Tribe for salmon salmon research

The Nisqually Indian Tribe regularly samples juvenile salmon as they head out to the open ocean. This is how they get a better understanding of how salmon habitat helps salmon grow and survive.

Watch as tribal researchers deploy a beach seine to sample some salmon in Puget Sound:

Watch the Nisqually Tribe sample juvenile salmon with a beach seine from NW Indian Fisheries Commission on Vimeo

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

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 …

Video: Stillaguamish Tribe Spawns Chinook at Harvey Creek Hatchery

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 …

Lummi fishermen pass down reef net heritage

Lummi Nation tribal fishermen are teaching young tribal members the traditional method of harvesting salmon in a reef net.

The tribe had four new wooden canoes made for reef netting. Traditionally, fishermen suspended the reef net between two canoes.

“It’s an imitation of the seafloor, like a reef, that’s why it’s called a reef net,” said Lummi fisherman Richard Solomon. “Sxwole is what our people …

Video: Lummi Nation returns to traditional reef net fishery

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, …

Video: NWIFC/WDFW South Sound chum salmon test fishery

For more than 30 years, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have been conducting a test fishery near Kingston, WA for chum salmon. The purpose is to give fisheries managers an idea of the size of the run that is headed for South Sound.

The fishery takes place over a course of up to six weeks in October and November, …

Video: Jamestown S’Klallam, landowner improve salmon habitat with bridge

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe worked with a local landowner in Sequim, WA to remove a 600-foot long roadway and two culverts and replace them with a bridge in Washington Harbor.

The roadway and culverts were blocking tidal flow from flooding 37 acres of an estuary that was prime habitat for salmon. The results of the work, taking place from spring through early fall, were immediate, as …

Video: Tribes survey Nooksack herd using elk scat

Wildlife biologists from the Stillaguamish and Tulalip tribes are using elk scat to estimate the population of the Nooksack herd in the Acme, Wash., area.

Tribal biologists partnered with Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment to collect DNA from the intestinal mucus coating the scat.

“This is a non-invasive method that does not require collaring animals or helicopter time to survey them,” said Stillaguamish …