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We need to preserve water quality gains

We shouldn't reverse course after more than 20 years of hard work to update Washington's water quality standards. Today our state's standards for protecting human health from toxics in our waters are among the strongest in the nation. That's why we...

 

We need to do more to clean the Puget Sound

The health of Puget Sound is getting some much-needed help from efforts to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and a proposed new law that would prohibit sewage discharge from boats. Polluted stormwater runoff from urban areas is the number one source...

 

Process of setting of salmon season gets early start

The 2017 state and tribal salmon season-setting process got an earlier start this year. Nobody wants a repeat of last year’s North of Falcon process that required a month of overtime negotiations and led to a delay in opening some sport fisheries....

 

Climate change is damaging Treaty Rights

Climate change isn't happening to some of us. It's happening to all of us, and it's going to take all of us to meet its challenges. A recent report from the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington brings the issue of climate change home. Home to...

 

State water quality standards finally get updated

It took a long time on a rough road to get there, but today Washington has some of the most protective water quality standards in the nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month finalized updated state water quality standards that...

 

U.S. recognizing tribal sovereignty and treaty rights

A wave of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has reached a high water mark in the closing days of President Barack Obama’s administration. We hope President Donald Trump will help push that wave even higher. President...

 

Data drives fishery management

Cautious pre-season planning and careful in-season management by the tribal and state co-managers are paying off this fall with limited tribal and sport coho fisheries for surplus hatchery fish. Drought and other effects of climate change —...

 

State should drop culvert case appeal

We are disappointed to learn that the state of Washington will continue its longstanding efforts to deny tribal treaty-reserved fishing rights by once again appealing a federal court ruling requiring the repair of hundreds of fish-blocking culverts...

 

Loss of salmon habitat continues every day

Despite their unbreakable connection, salmon harvest and habitat restoration continue moving down separate roads in western Washington. Many people either don’t see or choose to ignore the fact that habitat determines harvest, and that we continue...

 

Treaty rights aid salmon habitat recovery effort

Treaty tribes in western Washington have won some recent treaty rights battles, but we continue to lose ground in the war to restore and protect salmon and their habitat. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on June 27 that the state...

 

Cooperation helps us survive

I am glad that the treaty tribes in western Washington were finally able to reach agreement with the state on a package of conservative salmon fisheries for Puget Sound. It took more than a month of overtime negotiations to make it happen, but...

 

Lack of agreement deeply disappointing

I am deeply disappointed that the tribal and state salmon co-managers were unable to reach agreement on a joint package of fishing seasons for Puget Sound this year. It was the first time in more than 30 years that’s happened, and it’s a shame....

 

Tough times call for hard decisions

Tough times call for hard decisions, and we are facing some of the most difficult times we've ever seen when it comes to this year's expected coho returns to western Washington. After last year's disastrous coho run, the tribal and state co-managers...

 

Poor coho returns demand caution

There likely will be no coho fisheries in western Washington this year as returns are expected to plummet even further than last year because of poor ocean survival. Coho returns in 2015 were as much as 80 percent below pre-season forecasts. The...

 

Restoration without protection does not lead us to recovery

We’ve seen some incredible salmon habitat restoration projects the past few years, but there’s a big difference between restoring habitat and protecting it. We must remember that restoration without protection does not lead us to recovery. The...

 

We hope the U.S. will honor Billy Frank's life and his dream

Billy Frank Jr., longtime chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, received many awards during his life and continues to be honored since his passing in 2014. His life was celebrated last month when President Barack Obama posthumously a...

 

EPA should stay the course on water quality standards

“Stay the course.” It was one of our late chairman Billy Frank’s favorite sayings. It was his way of encouraging us to keep moving toward our goals, regardless of who or what stands in our way. We hope the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

 

Hard work leads to recovery of summer chum population

Hood Canal/Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca summer chum is the only threatened salmon population in western Washington showing clear signs of recovery. It’s thanks to a 20-year cooperative effort by state and tribal salmon co-managers, conservation g...

 

Drought, water quality on many minds

Water — how much we have and how clean it should be — is on the minds of many these days as the drought rolls on in western Washington and state government remains stalled on updating decades-old water quality standards. Tribal insistence on more...

 

Habitat must carry more weight

A heavy burden is easier to carry if everyone who shares in the load does their part to help support the weight. It’s the same with salmon conservation. We all value salmon and we all must share the burden to protect and restore this rapidly disappearing resource. We must spread the weight of the...

 

The legacy of Billy Frank Jr.

It has been a long year since Billy Frank Jr. walked on from this world on May 5, 2014. We deeply miss our longtime leader and good friend. We will continue to stay on the course he set for us as sovereign nations with treaty-reserved rights who co-manage the natural resources given to us by the...

 

Salmon harvest cut this year

Effects of climate change and the ongoing loss of salmon habitat came home to roost at this year’s tribal and state salmon fishing season setting process. The result was some of the most restrictive salmon fisheries ever seen in some areas. A record low snowpack, low stream flows and increasing...

 

Seals, sea lions slowing salmon recovery

A population explosion of harbor seals and sea lions along the Washington coast and in Puget Sound is interfering with recovery of weak salmon and steelhead stocks, threatening tribal treaty rights and posing increasing threats to public safety throu...

 

Cooperation keys salmon recovery

As we begin our third decade of the annual state and tribal salmon co-managers' salmon season setting process called North of Falcon, it's a good time to look at how far we've come and talk about our hopes for the future. There were some tough days...

 

Eating fish shouldn't be risky

Gov. Jay Inslee wants to change the cancer risk rate used to set state water quality standards from one in one million to one in 100,000. That is unacceptable to the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. We refuse to accept this tenfold...

 

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