Historically, Quinault River sockeye had more than 55 miles of spawning habitat from the mouth of Lake Quinault to the Olympic National Park border. Today there are fewer than 3 miles of spawning habitat corresponding with a precipitous drop in sockeye populations. Halting the erosion of remaining spawning habitat and creating more is a goal of the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN).
The Dungeness crab fishery is one of the economic pillars for coastal tribal fishermen as well as one of the most dangerous. Most of the money is made in November and December when weather conditions can be the worst. A good year means fishermen can buy new gear or get a better boat to improve their effort the following season.
The Skagit Valley Herald (subscription required) has an article about the Swinomish Tribe’s new oil-spill response trailer. The Quinault, Hoh,…
TAHOLAH (April 12,2006) – Marty Figg, Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) hatchery manager, remembers the early days of catching steelhead with a fishing pole to obtain fish eggs to rear for the Lake Quinault Hatchery. “Fishing every day with a pole as part of your job isn’t as romantic as some fishermen might imagine,” Figg said chuckling.
That was 34 years ago, when QIN strived to obtain and rear 30,000 to 40,000 steelhead eggs. Now, hatchery personnel catch the fish with a net and collect more than 500,000 eggs to rear before releasing young fish in the Quinault and Salmon River watersheds. “We are really proud of our returning adults,” said Figg. “We get fish back anywhere from 8 to 30 pounds.”
COPALIS (June 24, 2005) � An estimated 12,000 non-tribal recreational razor clam harvesters were on Copalis Beach north of Ocean Shores in early May thanks to a gift of 180,000 clams from the Quinault Indian Nation.
TAHOLAH (March, 25, 2005) – Bear grass has been used in tribal basket weaving on the Olympic coast of Washington…