Tag Archives: Quinault

Restoration of Critical Sockeye Habitat on Upper Quinault River Begins

AMANDA PARK (Oct. 18, 2008)–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 …

Blowdown Tests Timber/Fish/Wildlife

Timberlands about half the size of Washington, D.C., were flattened by the early December storm that packed winds of more than 147 mph along the southwestern coast of the state.

The estimated 17,000 acres of blown down timber on state and private timberlands will rigorously test the forest practice regulations developed within the Timber/Fish/Wildlife (TFW) program.

Through TFW and its evolution – the 1999 Forests and …

Early Dungeness Crab Landings Good for Tribal Fishermen

OLYMPIC COAST(Dec. 19,2007)–Despite spotty soft shell crab conditions early, coastal tribal crab fishermen are cautiously optimistic about the season after landing 1.7 million pounds of crab prior to the Dec. 2 storm.

“The farther north up the coast fishermen went, the more sorting for soft shells that had to be done,” said Joe Schumacker, fisheries operations section manager for the Quinault Indian Nation. Dungeness crabs …

Skagit Valley Herald: Grant helps Swinomish prepare for oil spills

The Skagit Valley Herald (subscription required) has an article about the Swinomish Tribe’s new oil-spill response trailer. The Quinault, Hoh, Makah, Lummi, Tulalip, Nisqually, Quileute and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes also benefited from this Department of Ecology grant.

Grant helps Swinomish prepare for oil spills
By KATE MOSER Staff Writer

After 20 years of experience responding to oil spills, including Exxon-Valdez, Swinomish Police Sgt. James Lynch

Quinault Indian Nation’s Steelhead Programs Benefit Tribal And Non-Tribal Fishermen

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 …

Quinault Indian Nation Razor Clam Gift Boosts Ocean Shores Area Economy

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.

“The Ocean Shores community and surrounding area were very appreciative,” said Ed Johnstone, fisheries policy spokesperson for Quinault Indian Nation (QIN). “For centuries, we’ve always protected and shared this resource.”…

Quinault Indian Nation Working To Improve Bear Grass Growth

TAHOLAH (March, 25, 2005) – Bear grass has been used in tribal basket weaving on the Olympic coast of Washington for centuries. Opportunities to gather bear grass, however, are dwindling on the Olympic Peninsula. Traditional bear grass areas have been converted to commercial forest, eliminating the open space habitat that bear grass prefers. Improper harvest techniques by a rapidly increasing forest products industry are also taking …

Razor Clam Mortality Study To Improve Knowledge Of Popular Bivalve

TAHOLAH (November. 9, 2004) – A five-year cooperative by the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will improve estimates of natural razor clam mortality and may lead to higher harvest limits.

Razor clams play a small, but important role in the QIN economy. The Nation is the only Washington tribe that has a commercial razor clam enterprise. Culturally, razor clams …

Quinault Indian Nation Improving Elk Data To Better Manage Herds

TAHOLAH (June 25, 2004) — Elk have always been important to Native people in western Washington. Even today, for some Quinault Indian Nation families, elk meat provides 50-90 percent of the food needs for a year. “In the past, elk meat was traded extensively between tribes throughout the Northwest,” said Justine James, QIN tribal member and Timber/Fish/Wildlife cultural resource specialist. “Some tribes specialized in making tools …