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 recognized 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 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 operation, with measuring fish lengths/weights, […]

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    Download Announcement Participate from a ceded territory, government-to-government perspective in meetings and activities of interjurisdictional bodies relating to the management of Lake Superior, such as the Lake Superior Partnership Work Group and its Communications Committee. Develop and implement a strategy for communicating with the communities of Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission’s (GLIFWC) member […]

  • Stock Assessment Manager – Lummi Nation

    Download Announcement This is an exempt position that serves as a senior staff natural resource specialist and program manager, and will be assigned projects that are a high priority for the Lummi Natural Resource (LNR) Department. The Stock Assessment Manager will provide leadership, management and technical support services to achieve the Lummi Indian Business Councils […]

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    Via Quinault Nation Enterprises: Quinault Pride Seafood, a tribal seafood processor based on the Washington coast in Taholah Washington announced today that it has acquired an ownership stake in Pacific Harvest Seafood, a Seattle area seafood marketing firm specializing in domestic and global sales of wild salmon and other seafood products from the Pacific Northwest. […]
  • Treaty Tribes Released 41 Million Salmon In 2018
    Treaty tribes in western Washington released more than 41 million hatchery salmon in 2018. Of the 41 million salmon released, 13.1 million were chinook. Significant numbers of chum (19 million) and coho (8 million) also were released, in addition to almost 660,000 steelhead and 836,000 sockeye. Some of the salmon released by the tribes were […]
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    Flooding rivers could carry enough sediment to kill salmon. That is why the Quileute Indian Tribe is using a 7-foot-tall crane to suspend a 30-pound submarine-shaped weight from a bridge into the raging torrent below. The amount of sediment flowing down the Calawah and Bogachiel rivers – both tributaries to the Quillayute – has a […]