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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    Download Announcement The Field Biologist will primarily assist field and office activities associated with The Juvenile Steelhead Survival and Emigration study to understand factors influencing steelhead productivity. For field activities, the Field Biologist will conduct a number of fish collection and sampling techniques, including: backpack electrofishing, mobile PIT telemetry, experimental tangle net and smolt trap […]

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    Download Announcement Responsible for ensuring proper data collection and management, data analysis and reporting, project implementation, administration, and planning of air quality projects. The Specialist performs technical and skilled work and operates and maintains a variety of monitoring equipment in the completion of various air quality data collection and research projects. Download Application

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  • Being Frank: Hirst “Fix” Wrong Move
    Being Frank is a monthly column written by the chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. As a statement from the NWIFC chair, the column represents the interests and concerns of treaty Indian tribes throughout western Washington. n a hasty move to “fix” the Hirst ruling, the State Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee are writing […]
  • Traditional food hard to come by because of habitat loss
    More than half of Nisqually tribal members don’t have access to tribally caught salmon, according to a food sovereignty assessment conducted by the tribe. Salmon remains the most available traditional food even though only 44 percent of tribal members who responded to the assessment say they have access to it. More than half of Nisqually […]
  • Tribal management means winter chum fishery opens for everyone
    Tribal and sport fishermen were able to fish for Nisqually winter chum this year thanks to a new in-season management tool developed by the Nisqually Indian Tribe and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. The tribe built a new predictive model that uses in-season data to update escapement expectations. Pre-season estimates of this year’s winter chum […]