I was alerted to this site by a co-worker and I think it would be helpful if I posted some background on tribal fishing in the river. First off, I am the Harvest Biologist for the Stillaguamish Tribe (though not a tribal member), and have worked here on the river for the past 12 years (our office is on the mainstem). Along with my collegues at Tulalip and WDFW, I help craft the various salmon and Steelhead forecasts each year, develop a fishing plan that is consistent with management objectives, and track the treaty catch in season (making adjustments to the fishing pattern as necessary). Although there has been some good information posted in the threads to date on the topic of Treaty fishing on the Stillaguamish, there has also been a lot of ignorance spread as well. I am always available to talk about Treaty fishing, and I encourage folks to contact me directly with questions: [email protected] While you may personally not like gill nets in the river, a dead fish is a dead fish. Treaty fishers have a choice in how they harvest their 50%, just as the non-treaty fishers (the Fish and Wildlife Commission) have the same choice. Contrary to the view of many, Treaty fishing is planned, monitored, and enforced just like non-treaty fishing. In addition, this is all done in concert with WDFW, the Tulalip Tribes, and complies with US v. WA and all subsequent court orders. This is known as "co-management", and though it got off to a rough start 25 years ago, it works well now (at least on the Stilly). Our fishing regulations are posted on the web, and our fishers are licensed and required to report their catch daily: http://www.stillaguamish.com/fishing.asp While most of our fishers follow the regulations, most of the time, we know that they are not perfect (perhaps you have seen non-treaty fishers violating the regulations as well?). If you see something that doesn't match with the tribal regulations or our Law and Order Code, I encourage you to call the Stillaguamish Police Department. Their duty phone is manned mostly 24/7: 425.508.2765 Lastly, the Stillaguamish Tribe cares about the salmon and steelhead populations on the river just as much as the rest of you on this site, if not more. They have undertaken decades of habitat, harvest, and hatchery projects aimed at rebuilding the wild runs on the Stillaguamish. Rather than go down the road of massive hatchery production, they have focused on rebuilding the wild runs, and have limited their harvest opportunities accordingly. Just like you, they have a vested interest in seeing the runs improve (50% of any increase, eh?), and take the long view. While not necessarily obvious, catching less (or no) fish doesn't always lead to larger run sizes. If the habitat is in poor shape, letting more fish spawn won't lead to increased long term production. The key to restoring salmon and steelhead runs on the Stillaguamish (and everywhere else for that matter) is habitat improvement. Move infrastructure, remove dikes and armoring, plant trees, let the river move and be a river again. We are buying up as much of the floodplain as we can and working on this, but it will take time. Thanks for taking the time to read this long winded post, and feel free to ask questions. Communication can go a long way in diffusing some of the conflict that plagues treaty/non-treaty interactions. We should be on the same side, not fighting each other.