Being Frank

  June 2020

Pollution-Based Economy Cannot Be Sustained

On April 16, as the coronavirus attacked communities across Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is rolling back our water quality standards that are the most protective of human health in the country. The announcement gave … Continue reading

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  June 2020

Fixing Habitat Key to Salmon Recovery

Until we take real action to protect and restore salmon habitat, we are looking toward a future with more tightly restricted fisheries for everyone. That’s the lesson after treaty tribal and state fisheries managers reached agreement last month through the … Continue reading

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  May 2020

Cooperation Key to Containing Green Crab Invasion

Treaty tribes are encouraged by cooperative efforts with federal and state natural resources managers and others to monitor and stem the invasion of European green crab across western Washington. We depend on fish and shellfish for our cultural and economic … Continue reading

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  April 2020

Time to Outlaw Suction Dredge Mining

Treaty tribes are encouraged that the Washington State Legislature may finally put an end to the destructive practice of suction dredge mining, for the protection of threatened salmon and their habitat as well as southern resident orcas that depend on … Continue reading

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  March 2020

Groundfish Management Shows Way to Recovery

Twenty years ago, West Coast groundfish stocks such as sole and rockfish were in serious trouble. Decades of overfishing had brought their populations to the cliff edge of collapse. In 2000 federal managers declared a fishery disaster and closed huge … Continue reading

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  February 2020

We Must Demand a Healthy Puget Sound

It would be easy to blame the Puget Sound Partnership’s failure to clean up Puget Sound on a lack of leadership, funding and meaningful authority to control pollution, but the truth is that we are all to blame. This is … Continue reading

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  January 2020

Leadership, Cooperation, Commitment Will Recover Salmon

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are greatly encouraged by Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent commitment to challenge the status quo and take steps needed for salmon recovery. It happened last month at the annual Centennial Accord meeting. Created in 1989 … Continue reading

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  December 2019

Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition a Return to Cooperation

The Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition is looking forward to another year of working together to accomplish responsible management through responsible leadership. We formed the coalition of tribal, state and local policy leaders, sport and commercial fishermen, conservation groups, scientists, … Continue reading

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  December 2019

Habitat Work Shows Promise of Salmon Recovery

Treaty tribes are encouraged by fish passage improvement projects in the Puget Sound region and other projects that will open access to many miles of good salmon spawning and rearing habitat. They are clear examples of the kinds of action … Continue reading

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  September 2019

Tribes Outraged by EPA Move to Roll Back Improved Water Quality Standards

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is advancing the agenda of a small group of industrial polluters to undermine public health, science and decades of hard work by rolling back the water quality … Continue reading

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