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Quinault Fisheries

Salmon Fish Traps the Future?

Back in the 19th century, salmon fish traps brought in big hauls of Columbia River salmon. Retooled for the 21st century, could they be part of a more sustainable future for commercial harvests?  CATHLAMET, Wahkiakum County — More than eight decades after their demise, salmon fish traps are getting a fresh look from researchers convinced they offer a more sustainable way to catch Columbia River salmon. These traps are formed by nets attached to pilings that gently guide the fish into a kind of underwater corral. Wild fish protected under the federal Endangered Species Act can be released to...

State Greenlights 1 Million Farmed Salmon for Puget Sound

The WA Department of Fish and Wildlife has quietly given a permit to Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture to raise an additional one million farmed Atlantic salmon in Puget Sound, despite an August mishap that saw thousands of the firm’s salmon escape. Eric Kinne, manager of WDFW’s hatchery division, said the permit is not related to the company’s Cypress Island net pen facility in the San Juan Islands, where on August 19 one of Cooke’s pens collapsed and more than 100,000 farmed salmon escaped. Atlantic Salmon Operations Cooke, which operates net pens at eight locations in Puget Sound, applied in late...

Company Behind Farmed Fish Escape to Move More Salmon

SEATTLE (AP) — A company whose collapsed net pens released thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound is planning to move juvenile fish into another aquaculture facility over objections by the governor. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that Cooke Aquaculture received a permit to transport one million juvenile farmed Atlantic salmon from its hatchery to existing net pens in waters off Bainbridge Island. Gov. Jay Inslee and Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said in a joint statement that they were concerned about the move. Inslee said he asked the company to withdraw its request and...

Warm Waters off West Coast has Lingering Effects for Salmon

SEATTLE (AP) — The mass of warm water known as “the blob” that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead. Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon in 20 years, suggesting that many fish did not survive their first months at sea. Scientists warn that salmon fisheries may face hard times in the next few years. Fisheries managers also worry about below average runs of steelhead returning to...

WDFW Commission to Consider Listing Status of 8 Species at Meeting

  The WA Fish and Wildlife Commission will take action on the protective status of yellow-billed cuckoos, loggerhead sea turtles, fishers and five whale species at a public meeting Sept. 8-9 in Port Angeles. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene both days at 8 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., in Port Angeles. A complete agenda is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html. During the meeting, the WA Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider WDFW’s recommendation to list yellow-billed cuckoos as an endangered...

Farmed Atlantic Salmon Removal Continues

On Aug. 19, an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 10-pound farmed Atlantic salmon escaped into the waters of Puget Sound after a pen holding some 305,000 of the species suffered a structural failure. So if you need a good excuse to spend the day fishing, the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has you covered. In an effort to protect native species, WDFW officials are urging everyone to hit the water and catch as many of the escaped farmed Atlantic salmon as possible. Despite Warren’s assurances that the species poses no threat to native fish populations, he doesn’t want...

Lummi Battle Spilled Atlantic Salmon

A spilled Atlantic Salmon accident has put the waters of Washington State in peril of yet another invasive species. The Lummi Nation, the third largest tribe in Washington State, is in a state of emergency following the structural collapse of the Cooke Aquaculture open net-pen facility near Puget Sound. The breach released more than 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon into Pacific waters, adjacent to Cypress Island, just east of the Canadian border near Victoria B.C. State officials announced over the weekend that no new permits would be issued for fish farm operations until the cause of the spilled Atlantic Salmon...

This is the Pacific Atlantic Salmon Not Wanted Here

The Quinault Indian Nation supports Governor Jay Inslee’s ban on new net pens until investigated and the establishment of an ‘incident command’ team of state agencies in the wake of the disastrous escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon near Cypress Island. However, the Tribe is making two demands: The focus of the effort must include the ocean and rivers that connect with the ocean, as well as Puget Sound; As co-managers of the salmon resource, affected tribal governments must be factored into and fully considered in any related decision making. “The problem is not excluded to Puget Sound alone....