Restoring Sitka spruce and native vegetation to the upper Quinault River valley floodplain is another piece of the complex puzzle the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) is assembling to rehabilitate the Quinault River and the sockeye or blueback salmon that depend on a healthy river system. In the first phase of river restoration, QIN installed 13 […]
A U.S. District Court judge has affirmed the Quinault Indian Nation’s sovereignty over Lake Quinault and thrown out a case questioning the tribe’s authority to manage the lake. “This quick and explicit ruling was never in doubt,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp in a statement. “As I said back in January, Lake Quinault is […]
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe is sampling zooplankton in Baker Lake and Lake Shannon to track the availability of food for juvenile sockeye salmon. The results will let fisheries managers know whether the reservoirs can support an increase in sockeye production at Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Baker River hatchery. The Upper Skagit Tribe took over […]
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.
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 […]
The Skokomish Tribe participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Lake Kokanee this spring to celebrate the beginning of the construction of a new upstream fish passage facility and a new dam powerhouse on the North Fork of the Skokomish River. (more…)
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 […]
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. View photos […]
The Bellingham Herald: 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 […]