Tribes Express Concern Over Shellfish and Moored Buoys in Mystery Bay

The Jamestown S’Klallam and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes recently made headlines by taking a position on the potential prohibiting of shellfish harvest in Mystery Bay, off Marrowstone Island, near Port Townsend. The state Department of Health has concerns about the moored buoys in the bay.

The Peninsula Daily News wrote several articles, including this one discussing the recent letter sent from the tribes to various federal, state and county agencies explaining their concern.

This article covered a public meeting held June 15, which evolved into a lively discussion about issue at hand:

Kelly Toy, Jamestown S’Klallam tribe shellfish manager, indicated the tribes are taking a hard line on treaty rights.

“The tribes will not accept anything that is going to affect our tribal resources,” she said.

The Jamestown and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes, making up the Point No Point Treaty Council, warned federal, state and county officials in a recent letter that the threatened closure of shellfish beds was an affront to their treaty rights.