Being Frank

  March 2017

Salmon Management Process Underway Earlier

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 … Continue reading

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  February 2017

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 … Continue reading

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  January 2017

State Water Quality Standards Finally 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 … Continue reading

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  December 2016

US Recognizing Tribal Rights

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

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  Oct/Nov 2016

State Should Drop Culvert Case Appeal

We are disappointed to learn that the state of Washington will continue its long-standing 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 under state roads. … Continue reading

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  September 2016

Treaty Rights Aid Salmon Habitat Recovery Effort

  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 to lose habitat … Continue reading

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  August 2016

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 … Continue reading

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  July 2016

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 … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Habitat, Hatcheries Equal Fishing

by Lorraine Loomis   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 … Continue reading

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  May 2016

Tough Times Mean Hard Decisions in Planning Fishing Seasons

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 … Continue reading

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