COVID-19 ALERT: FISHERIES
Laura Clifton | Phone: (360) 391.2494
Julie Barber | Phone: (360) 333.2522
Lorraine Loomis | Phone: (360) 333.8043
The Fisheries Department is working full-time for the community to ensure, to the best of our abilities, that tribal fisheries will continue despite this time of uncertainty.
We recently completed the salmon harvest management plan for the 2020-2021 fishing season and shrimp and crab fisheries are still in the planning stages.
The department will continue to open Lone Tree for C&S clam harvest twice a month; only butters and cockles can be harvested, and harvest is not to exceed one five-gallon bucket per day. Clam beaches located off the reservation remain open for subsistence harvest and harvest is not to exceed one five-gallon bucket per day (no more than ½ bucket of manila/native littleneck clams at select beaches).
The community will be notified of future salmon and shellfish openings with the release of a regulation and corresponding message on the Fisheries Hotline in advance of any planned opening.
Clam fisheries will also be posted via the Swinomish Fish & Wildlife Enforcement's Facebook page. All announcements will be made as details are finalized.
Permits for these fisheries can be obtained by calling or texting Laura Clifton and asking to be added to the permit list, which is then provided to Fisheries Enforcement. Tribal fishers must observe social distancing and comply with other appropriate COVID-19 safety and health precautions.
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.