The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) is a natural resources management support service organization for 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. Headquartered in Olympia, the NWIFC employs approximately 65 people with satellite offices in Burlington and Forks.

NWIFC member tribes are: Lummi, Nooksack, Swinomish, Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin Island, Skokomish, Suquamish, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Makah, Quileute, Quinault, and Hoh.

The NWIFC was created following the 1974 U.S. v. Washington ruling (Boldt Decision) that re-affirmed the tribes’ treaty-reserved fishing rights. The ruling established them as natural resources co-managers with the State of Washington with an equal share of the harvestable number of salmon returning annually.

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  • Lummi Nation Studying Hooligan Run
    Lummi Natural Resources and Northwest Indian College (NWIC) have partnered to learn more about the longfin smelt, known as hooligans, that have been harvested by tribal members for generations. NWIC native environmental science faculty member Dr. Rachel Arnold and Lummi fisheries technician Jeffrey Solomon have spent two seasons gathering DNA samples, scales and otoliths (mineral […]
  • Habitat Corridor Gives Floodwater Somewhere to Go
    The Stillaguamish Tribe is connecting a corridor of chinook habitat from mountain tributaries to the river’s mouth. During the past 10 years, from Darrington to Stanwood, the tribe has acquired 1,000 acres toward its goal of 7,225 acres by 2055. This winter, the tribe received funding from the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board to buy […]
  • Restoration of Skagit tributary nears end
    Years of work to restore salmon habitat on a productive tributary to the Skagit River is expected to be completed this summer. Most of Illabot Creek has been protected from habitat loss, but about a half-mile was degraded in the 1970s by construction of the Rockport-Cascade Road bridge. The channel was relocated and constrained. A […]