Tribal Councilmember Appointed to Salmon Recovery Board

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Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians council member and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commissioner Kadi Bizyayeva has been appointed to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Her term runs through July 15, 2027.

The governor called Bizyayeva a strong advocate for protecting and restoring salmon and their habitat throughout the Salish Sea. Serving on this board allows her to continue this work while also bringing a tribal perspective and traditional ecological knowledge into the board’s decision-making, Inslee said.

Bizyayeva is the fisheries director for the tribe’s natural resources department, where she has worked since 2013. She co-manages treaty resources with state, federal and tribal governments, working with them to recover species of concern in the Stillaguamish River Watershed, which includes two of Puget Sound’s 22 threatened populations of Chinook salmon.

The Salmon Recovery Funding Board provides grants to protect or restore salmon habitat and assist related activities. It awarded over $206 million biennially in grants to cities, counties, tribes, nonprofits, private landowners and regional salmon enhancement groups for on-the-ground projects to restore salmon habitat.