Being Frank

  Oct/Nov 2020

Tribes, State Team Up on Harbor Seal Survey

What we don’t know about populations of harbor seals and California sea lions in western Washington could be hurting salmon, orcas and other marine species — as well as fishing communities and economies — far more than we think. It’s … Continue reading

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  September 2020

Pacts Offers Path to Streamside Habitat Protection

The most powerful actions we can take to recover our region’s salmon are to give our rivers and streams room to breathe while protecting the land and vegetation lining their banks. The Timber/Fish/Wildlife (TFW) Agreement and Forests and Fish Report … Continue reading

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  August 2020

Covid Impacts Tribal Natural Resources Management Traditions

Like communities across Washington, treaty Indian tribes are coping with what we all hope are the worst days of the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted every part of our daily lives, economies and traditions. High rates of certain illnesses, combined … Continue reading

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  July 2020

A Bold Move on Salmon Habitat

The greatest obstacle to salmon recovery in western Washington is that we continue to lose salmon habitat faster than it can be fixed and protected. Until that changes, salmon populations will continue to decline. That’s why we are encouraged by … Continue reading

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  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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