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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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Online Museum Features Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Treaty Rights and Resources Exhibit

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe online history museum is featuring an exhibit called “Treaty Rights and Resources,” explaining the tribe’s deep connection to the area’s natural resources, the habitat that supports these resources, and the fight to protect the tribe’s treaty rights. It is the tribe’s intent to provide Jamestown S’Klallam citizens the opportunity to exercise the tribe’s treaty rights long into the future, said Scott Chitwood, the tribe’s natural resources director. “We keep the tribe’s treaty rights at the forefront of everything we do. Our mission is to protect those treaty resources that are healthy and restore those that...

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Healthy forage fish habitat imperative to salmon recovery

The Suquamish Tribe and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are updating the current state of forage fish spawning habitat in East Kitsap County. Healthy forage fish populations are essential for salmon recovery because salmon rely on them as a high energy food source. The stocks also help reduce predation pressure on juvenile salmon because other fish, marine mammals and birds consume forage fish too, said Paul Dorn, the tribe’s senior research scientist. Surf smelt, sand lance, herring and northern anchovy are commonly found in Puget Sound. Surf smelt have been harvested by the tribe for consumption since time...

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Skokomish Tribe looks deeper into the Tahuya River

The Skokomish Tribe wants to know more about the current conditions of the Tahuya River, including how salmon are using it. “We do know that there is some data from the state from the early 1990s, that there is a ton of gravel in it, and the river does change,” said Jason Lewis, the tribe’s habitat technician. “Also, after spending the past two years studying the river, it’s a coho factory.” Lewis is collecting information about the watershed, including stream temperatures in the mainstem and tributaries, and where both good and bad salmon habitat can be found, which will...

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Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Watching How Lamprey Use Restored Elwha River

As the Elwha River restores itself after the removal of two fish-blocking dams, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is studying how lamprey are using the new watershed. “They’re poor swimmers, so they’ll swim along the banks of the river in undercut areas and hang out in logjams and rootwads,” said Rebecca Paradis, a project biologist heading up the study for the tribe. “They prefer dark spaces.” The tribe set out 24 traps this spring to monitor lamprey populations in the river. The traps consist of three-foot-long PVC pipes with holes drilled in the sides. They’re placed along the banks...

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