The Quinault Indian Nation has closed Lake Quinault to non-tribal fishing until further notice due to concerns about sockeye populations and reported enforcement problems. Details of the nation’s decision are here.
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The Lummi Nation distributed sockeye salmon to tribal members last month for families to can and store for the winter.
“The tribe puts fish away as much as possible when we have an abundance, for ceremonies and all the functions that the tribe sponsors,” said Randy Kinley Sr., policy representative for the tribe. “It’s very important to take care of your people’s needs culturally.”
The fish …
Researchers from the Canadian Department of Oceans and Fisheries and other institutions are finding genetic markers in Fraser River salmon that predict their success in surviving warming water temperatures, as detailed in this Associated Press article.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports on the record Fraser River sockeye returns and the importance to the Swinomish Tribe:
This year’s Fraser River sockeye salmon run is shaping up to be a historic one, which is big news for the Swinomish Tribal Community.
After years of low runs, this year’s run is estimated to reach about 34 million, a boon that is expected to benefit the
Treaty tribes in western Washington are having a bountiful Fraser River sockeye fishery this season, with at least three times the number of fish returning as expected. More than 30 million sockeye are estimated to return to the Fraser River in British Columbia this year – the highest run size recorded since 1913.
The Fraser River sockeye salmon runs, the biggest local moneymaker for commercial fishing in good years, appear to have collapsed again in 2009.
Although some hope remains that the fish may still arrive late in large enough numbers to permit a commercial fishery, the chances of that appear to be fading, said Merle Jefferson, natural resources director for Lummi Nation.
LAKE QUINAULT-Nearly one year after completion, the pilot project for the Quinault Indian Nation’s (QIN) restoration of the upper Quinault River is protecting critical sockeye spawning habitat and re-establishing river channel stability.
Thirteen engineered log jams (ELJs) installed last summer in the river above Lake Quinault subtly deflected high river flows away from Alder Creek side channel, one of the few remaining areas used by …
The Peninsula Daily News covered NOAA’s release of Lake Ozette sockeye recovery plan.
Salmon restoration is so important to the Quinault Nation they were willing to take action themselves to complete the upper Quinault River habitat restoration project. However, a host of agencies and non-profit groups saw the value of restoring and protecting salmon habitat and stepped up in various ways to finish two years worth of work in half the time.
“We couldn’t have done it at all …