Aquatics Regulations

Subtidal Clam Regulation Regulation# 2018-10
The following regulation is promulgated by the Squaxin Island Tribe.  This fishery shall be conducted in accordance with the Federal district court order CV 9213, Sub-proceeding No. 89-3.  This regulation supersedes all previous regulations.

DATE ADOPTED:  
January 9th, 2019

EFFECTIVE DATE: 
January 15th, 2019

CATCH AREA:
#15750 McMicken North A
#15490 Dougall North
#11250 Fox Island Central

FISHERY TYPE: 
Commercial

SPECIES:  
Geoduck Clam

ON/OFF RESERVATION:  
Off

LEGAL GEAR:    
Hand held water nozzle, continuous 5/8 inch inside diameter.

EFFECTIVE DATES:   
September 15th, 2018 through March 31st, 2019

DAYS/HOURS:    
#15750 Dougall North will be opened
Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays only from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

#15490 McMicken North A will be Closed until further notice

#11250 Fox Island Central will be opened
Tuesdays only from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

ESTIMATED EFFORT:       
7 Vessels

ESTIMATED HARVEST:
500-6,000 pounds of Geoducks per harvest day

CATCH REPORTING:     
All Geoduck sales must be recorded on Treaty Indian Fish Receiving Tickets. Correct tract numbers must appear on these tickets.  All tickets must be returned to the Natural Resources Department within four (4) days of the sale.

OTHER PROVISIONS:     
1) Harvest activities must comply with the 2018/2019 Squaxin Island Tribe Annual
Geoduck regulation.

2) The Compliance Officer will monitor weigh-out of all clams before any dive vessel leaves the tract, or at the previously designated off-load site. For all tracts the off-load site is Zittles Marina.  The 2018 IDQ?s will be based on the Compliance Officer’s recorded weights, which appear on the Squaxin Island Tribes weighout slips.

3) Divers must harvest within the tract boundary markers (no shallower than -18 feet and no deeper than -70 feet corrected to zero tide).  The shallow  water boundary for the Fox Central tract is -20 feet corrected to zero tide.

4) Harvest will be halted if biotoxin levels rise to unsafe levels.

5) Commingling geoduck clams from tracts is strictly prohibited.

6) All divers are responsible to maintain compliance with the National Sanitation Shellfish Program (NSSP).

7) The estimated harvest does not reflect any annual allocation of the Squaxin Islands Tribe?s Region 7 treaty share.

JUSTIFICATION: 
Harvest available geoduck clam resource.