NWIFC Magazine: Hard Work Brings Results

fishermenin300A look back on the 25 year history of tribal and state fisheries co-management is one of the featured stories in the newest NWIFC Magazine, which you can download as a pdf here: [Download not found].

Lorraine Loomis, the Swinomish Tribe’s fisheries manager, has participated in every North of Falcon process since the 1980s and acts at the treaty tribes’ lead negotiator. From the article:

Cooperative co-management continues to point the way to wild salmon recovery in western Washington. “If we didn’t truly believe we can rebuild these stocks, we wouldn’t be working as hard as we do,” said Lorraine Loomis, Swinomish tribal fisheries manager.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the North of Falcon (NOF) cooperative salmon season setting process for treaty and non-treaty fisheries in western Washington. Loomis
has coordinated tribal participation in NOF since the beginning.

“There wasn’t a lot of trust at first,” she said. “The tribes and state would develop their fisheries management data separately.” Loomis credits Bill Wilkerson, then director of the
Washington Department of Fisheries, with helping to ignite change.

Tribal and state biologists began working together to develop a unified set of fisheries management data that all parties could accept. “Developing agreed-upon data was a real turning point,” she said.