Kitsap Sun: Suquamish Tribe and community beach seine for science

The Kitsap Sun reported on a community beach seine that took place in Silverdale on Saturday, conducted by the Suquamish Tribe’s Paul Dorn and Clear Creek Task Force. Dorn has been seining the beaches of Kitsap County for years, learning as much as possible about the nearshore and its inhabitants.

Once the net was pulled close to the beach, Paul Dorn, the Suquamish Tribe’s salmon recovery coordinator, helped the youngsters pull out the plethora of shiner perch, surf smelt, herring, sculpin and even some small salmon, all flopping about once taken out of the water.

“Look at the size of that one,” Dorn said of a 105-millimeter shiner perch.

The seining is a method of taking the pulse of the local ecosystem, said Zac Halls, a volunteer helping Dorn. “It’s a way to gain an accurate inventory of the nearshore environment.”

“The more we seine, the better picture we get,” Dorn added.