Quinault Fisheries Department
The Quinault Fisheries Department is the steward of fisheries including the unique “blueback” sockeye salmon and other salmon species, razor clams, halibut, black cod, and Dungeness crabs on the Quinault Indian Nation and the Usual and Accustomed areas.
The Quinault Fisheries Department provides harvest management, hatchery production, and other technical services to support the Nation’s fisheries. These services help protect and enhance the fisheries and resources of the Quinault Indian Nation.
The Quinault Fisheries Department has three sections:
- Science Section – To provide solid scientific information regarding the status of fisheries resources and to provide sound recommendations for management.
- Operations Section – To provide the Quinault Indian Nation with the best possible biological information and technical recommendations regarding management and regulation of its fisheries and to operate hatcheries and resource restoration.
- Technical Support Section – To assess and monitor salmon and shellfish populations and fisheries of the Quinault Indian Nation.
Quinault Fisheries Department Goals
- Protect and enhance fisheries habitat on the Quinault Indian Nation to improve carrying capacity of culturally significant aquatic species. Ensure a properly functioning watershed.
- Monitor natural production of fish populations on Quinault Indian Nation streams and tribally managed conservation areas. Provide technical support for external organizations and agencies monitoring projects in the usual and accustomed locations.
- Enhance and supplement populations of salmon and trout in streams within the Quinault Indian Nation lands in coordination with state and federal agencies.
- Improve tribal resource management capabilities through participation of interagency committees, local watershed councils and soil and water conservation districts.
- Provide educational outreach opportunities for tribal members interested in a natural resources field after high school graduation. Provide cross training opportunities for natural resource staff.
Quinault Fisheries Department Mission
Provide technical management expertise, information, and guidance to the Quinault Indian Nation for the purpose of implementing the Nation’s fisheries policies and programs to achieve natural resources goals and objectives. One important role of the Quinault Fisheries Department is to protect and strengthen the self-regulatory status of the Quinault Indian Nation as confirmed and defined in the 1974 U.S. v Washington Federal Court Case, more commonly known as the “Boldt Decision.”
Fisheries Senior Scientist, Larry Gilbertson » 360.276.8215 x261
Fisheries Policy Spokesperson, Ed Johnstone » 360.276.8215 x368
Habitat Management Scientist, Bill Armstrong » 360.276.8215 x240
Fisheries Operations Manager, Tyler Jurasin » 360.276.8215 x472
Environmental Scientist, Mark Mobbs » 360.276.8215 x292
Marine Resources Scientist, Joe Schumacker » 360.276.8215 x327
Fisheries Administrator, Alex Vaishampayan » 360.276.8215 x7014
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