Aquatics Regulations

Subtidal Clam Regulation Regulation# 2020-01

The following regulation is promulgated by the Squaxin Island Tribe.  This fishery shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Federal district court order CV 9213, Sub-proceeding No. 89-3.  This regulation superseded all previous Squaxin Island Tribe Geoduck regulations.

DATE ADOPTED:     
April 22nd, 2020

EFFECTIVE DATE:    
April 25th, 2020

CATCH AREA:     
#16300 Itsami
#11250 Fox Island Central
#15490 Dougall North

FISHERY TYPE:   
Commercial

SPECIES:         
Geoduck Clam

ON/OFF RESERVATION:     
Off

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

EFFECTIVE DATES:       
April 25th, 2020 through March 31st, 2021

DAYS/HOURS:         
Itsami #16300
Saturdays and Mondays
7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Fox Island Central #112250
Sundays
7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M

Dougall North #15490
Tuesdays
7:30 A.M. to 4:00 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 2020/2021 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 2020 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 and also no shallower than -18 feet and no deeper than -70 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.