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Jamestown Shellfish Hatcheries Address Ocean Acidification and Oyster Populations

Ocean conditions have the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe concerned about shellfish survival rates and treaty harvesting rights. “Tribes aren’t able to harvest oysters like they once did,” said Kurt Grinnell, Jamestown council member. “We just don’t get the natural shellfish recruitment like we used to.” To address these concerns, the tribe has started its own shellfish hatcheries at Point Whitney in Brinnon and Kona, Hawaii. The tribe also has two large shellfish nurseries called floating upwelling systems (FLUPSYs) at the John Wayne Marina in Sequim. Currently, the program provides locally grown oyster seed for restoration efforts on area beaches, as...

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Chinook Salmon Egg Nests Increasing Above Former Elwha River Dam Sites

In the five years since the Elwha River’s fish-blocking dams were removed, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has been documenting where chinook salmon spawn in the watershed as they gain access to more spawning habitat. The tribe’s habitat and fish biologists, with its state and federal partners, have been annually surveying the river in mid-September during the peak of the chinook spawning season. The survey area extends nearly 20 miles, from the river mouth to past Glines Canyon. Surveyors walk the river banks, counting redds (salmon egg nests) and live and spawned-out salmon. Determining the number of redds in...

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State of Our Watersheds: Altered Shorelines in Port Gamble Bay, Hood Canal

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is concerned about threatened salmon habitat in Puget Sound. The tribe explores the threat in the 2016 State of Our Watersheds report. The tribe is concerned about the amount of shoreline that has been altered in its overall focus area (Clallam, Kitsap, Mason and Jefferson counties), of which nearly 50 percent already has been modified or armored. On a regional scale, from 2005 to 2014, data from the Hydraulic Project Approval database shows an increase of nearly four miles of armoring in all four counties. Shoreline alterations such as jetties and rockwalls interrupt the flow of...

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Beavers Support Salmon Habitat in Elwha River

Looking for beaver activity in the expansive Elwha River valley is daunting. But the key is to keep eyes on the ground, looking for any signs – foot tracks, scat, tail drag, beaver dams, pencil-sharp tree stumps and wood shavings. The Lower Elwha Kallam Tribe wildlife staff heads out daily for a week or two in the winter to bushwhack through thick cottonwood and willow trees to find any of these signs in the former lakebeds of Aldwell and Mills, where the Elwha River now runs. The work is part of the tribe’s bigger study on how wildlife is...

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Restoration Wrapping Up on Skokomish Estuary

The Skokomish Tribe is wrapping up a significant restoration of the Skokomish Estuary and will now watch how Mother Nature responds to the work. The past decade has been filled with dirt-pushing, tide gate-removing, culvert-replacing, wood-installing, beach-seining, vegetation-measuring and channel-digging work, restoring 1,000 acres of farmland back into an estuary historically used by the tribe before the 1900s. It started in 2007 with the removal of a mile-long dike parallel to Kwakwachalko (formerly known as Nalley Slough, named for the former property owner), to allow natural tidal flow into the estuary, recreating natural fish habitat adjacent to the Skokomish...

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