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Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve adds to unprotected shoreline –
Nisqually Tribe eligible for poor fishing disaster funding

Photo credit: Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve

– “Nisqually Reach purchase protects salmon habitat”
Some of the last undeveloped shoreline along Puget Sound has been added to the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve.

The acquisition of 17.6 acres expands Jacobs Point Park on Anderson Island to 100 acres, making the Nisqually reserve the largest protected marine park in South Puget Sound.

‘Undeveloped shoreline anywhere in Puget Sound is rare,’ Joe Kane, executive director of the Nisqually Land Trust, said.

The Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve extends from the Nisqually River Delta across Nisqually Reach. It includes all state-owned aquatic lands in these areas, plus state-owned bedlands and beaches surrounding Anderson, Ketron and Eagle islands to the shores of McNeil Island.

The new acreage will be accessible to the public via a trail network. Jacobs Point provides public access to more than 1,600 feet of shoreline,” by Jerre Redecker, The Olympian.
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– About the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve
“On Friday, September 9, 2011, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark signed the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Order and Management Plan.”
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– “Commercial fisheries disaster opens door to federal relief for Washington communities”
“Commercial fishing communities along the central coast of Washington and some areas of Puget Sound are eligible for federal disaster funding because of poor fishing in 2015 and 2016. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzer named nine fisheries groups or areas in an announcement Wednesday, including Westport and Willapa Bay non-treaty commercial coho fisheries.

Congress still needs to appropriate the funds for the relief program.”

“Washington commercial fisheries benefiting from the declaration include:
– Nisqually Indian Tribe,” By Dan Hammock, Daily World (Aberdeen, Wash.).
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