Coast, Strait Tribes Receive Compensation for Sockeye Run

The Peninsula Daily News reported on the Makah, Lower Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S’Klallam tribes receiving federal funding to make up for poor sockeye runs from British Columbia’s Fraser River.

Three North Olympic Peninsula tribes are receiving federal disaster relief funds allocated for tribal and nontribal commercial fishermen to compensate for poor sockeye salmon runs in British Columbia’s Fraser River.

Letters to the Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam and Makah tribes detailing their share of the funds are due to be delivered today.

The Makah will receive $166,000, and the Lower Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S’Klallam will each receive $15,000.

The $2 million package funneled through the National Marine Fisheries Service is a first for commercial fishermen, tribal and nontribal alike, who work in the waters of Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca.