The Swinomish Fisheries Department provides technical assistance needed to manage salmon and bottom fish to achieve optimum harvests for the Swinomish Tribe. The Fisheries Department develops pre-season forecasts and in-season updates for the salmon run sizes, monitors harvest, conducts test fisheries, negotiates outside fisheries affecting Skagit coho and chinook, and represents the Tribe in management of Fraser sockeye.

The Fisheries Department also provides technical assistance needed to manage the shellfish resource to achieve optimum benefits for the Swinomish Tribal Community and member fishermen. There are up to 21 annual shellfish management plans developed and negotiated with the State of Washington and affected tribes each year. These plans are finalized and signed by each party prior to opening the respective fishery. Continued emphasis has been put on allocated harvest goals and scheduled updates for adjusting harvest quotas in-season to help managers meet the court requirement for 50:50 sharing between the Tribes and the State.

The Swinomish Fisheries Department works in close collaboration with the Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC), a consortium that is now composed of the Swinomish and Sauk-Suiattle tribes. The Cooperative provides habitat protection, restoration, salmon recovery planning, and fish research services to the Swinomish and Sauk-Suiattle tribes, while the Swinomish Fisheries Department provides fish and shellfish harvest management services to the Swinomish Tribal Community.



Phone (360) 466.7313
Fax (360) 466.4047


11426 Moorage Way
PO Box 368
LaConner, WA 98257


Mon-Wed | 8-6 PM
Thurs | 8-5:30 PM