Tag Archives: Geoduck

Suquamish Seafoods builds new office, processing facility

The Suquamish Tribe has constructed a new seafood plant to increase the variety of products offered to consumers.

“With the new plant, we have the ability to deliver fresh clams, crab and salmon to our commercial customers,” said Suquamish Seafoods general manager Tony Forsman. “We also plan to develop our product lines further, making them available directly to the consumer.”

The new 16,000-square-foot building includes a …

Sequim Gazette: Jamestown S’Klallam supports Taylor Shellfish geoduck farm

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe vocalized support during a recent Dungeness River Management Team meeting, where local company Taylor Shellfish Farms discussed its proposal to develop a 30-acre geoduck farm in Dungeness Bay.

From The Sequim Gazette:

Historically Dungeness Bay was used for shellfish aquaculture by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, but because of frequent closures by the Washington State Department of Health in response to poor

Kitsap Sun: Arsenic testing of geoducks possible

The Kitsap Sun reported on the recent in-person meeting between U.S.’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Chinese officials about China’s ban of  geoduck imported from the United States’ West Coast.

While China was satisfied with testing for paralytic shellfish poisoning, the biggest issue was testing for arsenic, the Kitsap Sun reported. The United States does not routinely test for arsenic but NOAA officials said …

Jamestown S’Klallam, WDFW partner on Strait Geoduck Study

Due to its popularity with harvesters and shellfish lovers, scientists are learning more about geoduck clams found in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

During the past two years, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have been collecting age and genetic data from these particular bivalves found in the Strait.

Geoduck is currently managed as

Smithsonian magazine features Squaxin Island Tribe’s geoduck fishery

From the Smithsonian Magazine (hat-tip to Squaxin Natural Resources blog):

Craig Parker popped his head above the surf, peeled off his dive mask and clambered aboard the Ichiban. We were anchored 50 yards offshore from a fir-lined peninsula that juts into Puget Sound. Sixty feet below, where Parker had spent his morning, the seafloor was flat and sandy—barren, to unschooled eyes, except for the odd

Lummi fishermen dig deep for geoducks

The Bellingham Herald writes about Lummi tribal geoduck harvest:

Cliff Cultee and other Lummi geoduck divers hope to get a chance to harvest the big, meaty clams again this spring.

Geoducks, like all bivalves, are subject to temporary contamination from microorganisms that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. Geoducks in the tribal harvest area near Kingston, off the Kitsap Peninsula, have been off-limits to commercial harvest since

China Epidemic Damaging Tribal Shellfish Exports

OLYMPIA (May 30, 2003) — Tribal shellfish harvesters across western Washington have been reporting drastic drops in orders due to the continuing Severe Acute Repertory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in China. “Geoducks are eaten in restaurants in China, but now because of SARS, it seems like no one even wants to go out in public,” said Dave Winfrey, shellfish biologist with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Most …