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Skokomish Tribe Monitors Harmful Algal Blooms in Hood Canal

The Skokomish Tribe is measuring the amount of toxins in harmful algal blooms in Hood Canal as part of an early warning system for shellfish poisoning. While the state Department of Health and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s SoundToxins program monitors shellfish and algae regularly for toxin levels, the tribe is adding another level of precaution. “The concept is to quantify the toxins in the water and algae before they get into shellfish tissues so we can share that information with the researchers at DOH and SoundToxins and say, ‘Hey, look for this in your samples,’” said Seth Book,...

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Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Partners Save Eelgrass in Port Angeles Harbor

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are restoring eelgrass beds in Port Angeles Harbor. Marine life habitat has been degraded, in part by decades of wood waste deposition. The effort started by removing about 3,600 eelgrass shoots as part of a mitigation agreement between the U.S. Navy and the Lower Elwha Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes. The Navy is constructing a pier in the harbor to accommodate nuclear submarine escort vessels. If the eelgrass had not been removed, it likely would have died due to shading, said Matt Beirne, the tribe’s...

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Bugs and Dirt Help Tell the Story of the Elwha River Restoration

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has been sampling sediment and insects near the mouth of the Elwha River for a decade, tracking how the estuary has been changed by the removal of two fish-blocking dams in 2012 and 2014. Dam removal released sediment down the river that created approximately 80 acres of beach at the mouth and helped form the current estuary. The tribe has seen a significant change in the fish and insects using the estuary over the past decade. “We want to correlate between findings of the fish diet and sediment samples, so we can determine what the salmon are selecting to eat,” said Rebecca Paradis, a tribal...

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Makah Tribe Expands Traditional Halibut Hook Study

For the past few years, the Makah Tribe has been conducting studies to compare the fishing performance of their traditional halibut hook (called a čibu·d – pronounced “chi-bood”) to circle hooks commonly used in halibut fisheries. In 2015, the tribe found that while circle hooks catch more halibut, they also have a significantly greater rate of bycatch than the čibu·d. “In the 2015 study, three halibut were caught on circle hooks for every one halibut caught on a brass čibu·d,” said Joe Petersen, the tribe’s groundfish biologist. “We’re trying to get a one-to-one čibu·d to circle hook ratio so...

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Makah Tribe Surveys Neah Bay’s Intricate Intertidal Zone

The Makah Tribe is studying marine habitat and species along its rocky shoreline in Neah Bay this summer. Makah’s marine ecologist Adrianne Akmajian and a team of technicians are noting the types of seaweed, grasses and algae, plus urchins, anemones, snails, sea stars and other invertebrates. The tribe is focusing on 28 sections of beach within the reservation during the lowest tides to catalog species composition and abundance. “The reservation’s primary beach habitat is made up of low, flat rock platforms,” Akmajian said. “We want to know what are the dominant vegetation and invertebrates.” She also wants to compare...

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