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Squaxin Island Tribe restricts coho fishing to protect chum

October 19th, 2009 by Joseph Peters Comments Off on Squaxin Island Tribe restricts coho fishing to protect chum

Squaxin Fish Tech. Danny Snyder sampling the Tribes coho fishery. Photo by Emmett O'Connell

Squaxin Fish Tech. Danny Snyder sampling the Tribes coho fishery. Photo by Emmett O'Connell

This year the Squaxin Island Tribe closed the  Arcadia Pt. area in Pickering Passage during  its Treaty coho fishery to protect wild chum salmon.   The area is well know by Tribal fishermen as a great place to intercept chum salmon as they begin to return to Totten and Hammersley Inlet streams.

In 2008 an unusually high number of chum were caught at Arcadia during coho season. This catch led the tribe to close its chum fishery for a couple of weeks in November to ensure enough fish made it back to Kennedy Creek to perpetuate the run.  We manage our chum fishery based on the numbers of chum we see in the creek.  If we are not making escapement we restrict and even close our chum fishery……….

See the story by Emmett O’Connell, information officer, NWIFC

Tags: Salmon