Coastal Treaty Tribes Address Groundfish Declines

OLYMPIA (Sept. 12, 2002) — Washington coastal treaty Indian tribes are preparing for conservative quotas and planning restrictive fisheries to ensure protection of weak groundfish stocks while allowing harvest of healthy populations as the Pacific Fishery Management Council meets in Portland, Ore., this week to address declining populations of some groundfish species.

Representatives of the Makah, Quileute and Hoh tribes and the Quinault Indian Nation are proposing to continue strict