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Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Wraps up River Revegetation Efforts

After seven years of planting, weeding and seeding, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has finished revegetating the Elwha River valley and will let Mother Nature mostly take over. “We’ll continue supplemental planting as needed, and we’ll treat invasive plants as we monitor the area,” said Kim Williams, the tribe’s revegetation field supervisor. “But as the native plant communities mature, they will help push out weeds.” As part of the Elwha River restoration project, and in partnership with Olympic National Park, revegetation crews have been removing invasive plant species since 2011 when restoration started, plus they planted more than 322,000...

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Vaccines to Benefit Both Fish and Human Health

A little home cooking is helping tribal hatcheries keep chinook and coho disease-free and eliminating the need for antibiotics that could lead to drug resistance in people. For the past three decades, staff from the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission’s tribal fish health program have been producing vaccines to treat vibriosis and enteric redmouth disease that can be lethal to young salmon in hatcheries. Treaty tribes in western Washington produce about 40 million salmon annually. Both of the vaccines produced in NWIFC’s lab eliminate or sharply reduce the need for antibiotics to treat infected fish in hatcheries. It is thought...

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Steelhead Returning to the Elwha River

Spawning surveys in the Elwha River show that steelhead are taking advantage of the river’s newly opened habitat. For the past six years, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, with federal and local partners, has been surveying the river and its tributaries for steelhead nests (redds) and spawning adults. The surveys have been conducted annually between February and July, following the removal of the fish-blocking Elwha Dam in 2012 and Glines Canyon Dam in 2014. “The purpose is to document where the steelhead are spawning in the Elwha River as they access newly opened areas of historic habitat,” said Mike...

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Hayes Receives 2018 Billy Frank Jr. Leadership Award

Merle Hayes, Suquamish Tribe fisheries policy liaison, was awarded the 2018 Billy Frank Jr. Leadership Award at the recent Pacific Salmon Summit on March 19. A lifelong tribal fisherman, Hayes spent his professional career advocating for salmon, their habitat and the overall health of Puget Sound. “I believe everyone sitting in this room has a piece of the sound embedded in them, and the desire to do the right thing for its health,” he said in 2010, during talks about a Bainbridge Island cleanup. He grew up on the water, first in Tulalip with his father, then in Grays...

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Lower Elwha, Partners Studying Chinook Salmon Returning to Dam-Free Elwha River

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, in cooperation with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Olympic National Park, is determining how many hatchery-origin and natural-origin chinook salmon are returning to the Elwha River since two fish-blocking dams were removed. The tribe and partners have been counting returning chinook adults from summer through early fall, and surveying chinook redds (egg nests) and collecting ear bones from salmon carcasses in mid-to-late September. When an ear bone, or otolith, is removed from a carcass and placed under a microscope at the state’s lab, scientists look for a mark on the bone that...

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