NFR: Squaxin Tribe Taking 1/2 My Clams

Go Fish

Language, its a virus
Last summer my neighbor down the beach
decided to have the clams harvested on
her tide-lands. They come out to do a survey
and set up a date to harvest. The survey found
what we already knew...we have a ton of clams on
this stretch of beach. I can dig enough to feed a dozen
people in less than 30 minutes.

Last week I get a certified letter from the tribe
informing me that they will be harvesting half
the clams on my beach in late spring. Pissed?
Yea at my neighbor for opening the door of information
and at the tribe. The info they sent
me made it very clear that they have the right.
I already knew that.

Since I have no recourse my only thought was to
have a giant clam feed....before the harvest date.



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feel your pain. Pick up trucks coming daily in the area where I live and shooting dozens of pregnant does and fawns from the road in their wintering areas as well as elk near the feeding station.
The deer herd is trying to recover from the hair loss disease and is down over fifty per cent. Shooting pregnant does and fawns from the road sure won't help in the recovery.

And last year two tribal members shot four spike elk with a 22 mag at night from the road on private property and left them to rot in the neighbor's pasture. WDFW turned over prosecution to the Yak tribe and nothing was done.

Welcome to Washington resource management.


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Several steps must be taken before any tribal harvesting can occur on a beach, and the property owner will get notice of these steps. The tribes are required to conduct shellfish population surveys and estimates before any harvesting can occur. It would be impossible to determine what the tribes’ share of naturally occurring shellfish is on a beach without current information.

A population survey can occur no more than once every year, and its cost must be paid for by the tribes. All information will be shared with the property owner and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Surveys will be generally be conducted during low tide episodes in the spring and summer.

If the population survey indicates there is sufficient shellfish on the property to sustain a tribal harvest, then a tribal regulation opening that property for shellfish harvesting will be issued. Notice will be sent to the property owner and WDFW.

The notice will include the quantity of shellfish that may be taken, the purpose of the harvest (commercial, subsistence or ceremonial), and the dates and times when the harvest will take place. The name, address, and telephone number of the tribal representative responsible for the harvest will also be included in the notice.

Go Fish

Language, its a virus
I know all of that.
I got the letter... certified.
I've got the phone numbers and names.
Done the google thing.

I'm going to hire the Ivars Clams to
dance on my beach during the harvest
if we don't eat most of them before that.


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I didn't know all that, so I posted what i found

I was puzzled how one could know how much was half,for clams hidden underground, and if there were harvest limits from which the "half" come.

Sorry not to have explained my interest



fishing hack
They are just respecting the various resources using the same methods their ancestors did. Regular stewards of the environment. C'mon, I'm sure you've all seen the fossilized gill nets and outboards at the Burke Museum?

For the clambake I can bring beers and at least 5 WA license holders.
I've been known in my day to put away an insane amount of littlenecks. Just a little garlic butter and beer and watch out!!

Still that has to be a little hard to take.