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Logjams will help heal estuary in South Sound

This fall the Squaxin Island Tribe and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group are building nine logjams at the mouth of Goldsborough Creek in Shelton. The logjams will capture sediment and help restore the creek’s estuary, which has been downcutting since the early 1990s. “The logjams at the mouth of the creek and in the harbor will restore the equilibrium that has been disturbed since a ferry dock was removed decades ago,” said Scott Steltzner, environmental program manager for the tribe. The downcutting hasn’t just limited salmon habitat but has threatened underground utility lines. “Over the next decade...

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Bumper crop of oysters shared by tribe, neighbors

The Squaxin Island Tribe partnered with private landowners to share the benefits of a bumper crop of oysters. “Over the last two years environmental conditions seemed to have improved for Pacific oysters and we saw an unusually large natural set across the area,” said Eric Sparkman, shellfish biologist for the Squaxin Island Tribe. “While there are usually a handful of places where we see self-sustaining populations of Pacifics, the set we saw was really off the charts.” On the surface, the increased population meant more oyster harvest opportunities for Squaxin tribal members. Some of the highest densities were on...

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Neighbors carry home bounty from Nisqually tribal hatchery

Salmon fishermen aren’t the only ones who benefit from the Nisqually Tribe’s Clear Creek Hatchery. Every fall, some 2,000 people line up for free salmon at the hatchery on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The tribe needs only the eggs and milt from returning adults to raise the next generation of salmon. Some hatcheries sell the rest of the fish, but the Nisqually Tribe wants to make sure its neighbors have access to the bounty. Sgt. Kenneth Hubbard was first in line for the salmon give away this year. When Hubbard came to the give away last year, he found a...

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Remembering The Fight For Treaty Rights

Decades after the Fish Wars of the 1960s and ’70s, Puyallup tribal members are still working to protect tribal treaty rights. At the tribe’s annual Fish Wars remembrance in September, tribal members and activists reflected on the civil disobedience that led to the Boldt decision reaffirming tribal treaty fishing rights. Puyallup tribal members Dakota Case and Chester Earl spoke just hours after being arrested at a protest against a planned liquefied natural gas plant on the Puyallup Tribe’s reservation. Construction had continued at the plant despite the Puyallup tribal council issuing a Stop Work Order. “The most amazing part...

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Quinault: Keep Atlantic Salmon on the East Coast

The Quinault Indian Nation thinks the state can do a better job responding to the recent spill of 165,000 Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound. In the most recent edition of their newspaper Nugguam, the tribe called on the state to expand the focus of its response to include the Pacific Ocean and coastal rivers. They also reminded the state that “tribal governments must be factored into and fully considered in any related decision making.” The tribe’s concern for coastal rivers is rooted in an incident 14 years ago. Said Fawn Sharp, president of the Quinault tribe: “(Atlantic salmon are)...

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