Clam and Oyster Regulations

Intertidal Shellfish Regulation No. 2018-93

The following information is provided pursuant to the shellfish implementation plan adopted by the federal district court in United States v. Washington, 898 F. Supp. 1453 (W.D. Wash. 1995).

Date: 
August 16th, 2018

Effective Date:     
August 21st, 2018

Area:   
Gallagher Cove South, Totten Inlet

BIDN:    
281110

Growing Area:      
Totten Inlet

Pick up:      
7:00 a.m.,  Arcadia

Dates/Times:    
Harvesters from GROUPS C & B
Tuesday August 21st
8:00 AM through 11:00 AM

Gear/Technique:        
Hand held fork

Shellfish Type:      
509- Manila clams

Estimated Effort:  
50 harvesters per harvest day

Estimated Harvest:    
7,000 lbs each harvest day

Bag Limit:     
No more than 140 pounds of clams may be harvested per harvester.
Designated diggers may dig their own and their designee’s limit.

Size Limit: 
All clams must be 1.5″ or larger in length to be legally harvested.

Justification:  
Available clam resource.

Other Restrictions:
Unauthorized people are not allowed on the beach during a Tribal Harvest. (i.e., boyfriends, girlfriends, non tribal members above the age of 16, non-licensed spouses and tribal members.)

It is unlawful for tribal members or assistants to harvest shellfish while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. As per the Squaxin Island Tribal Code Section 7.04.160.

Digging is restricted to within the designated areas only, which will be marked with stakes and flagging.  Digging outside of the designated area or under predator nets is a violation of this regulation.

All descendants of Squaxin Island Tribal Member children under the age of 16 may assist along side of any licensed harvester. Any assistance (family or spouse) can use a separate fork to help harvest as long as they are in the same area as the licensed harvester and only using one bucket.

The shellfish monitor will distribute Bag tags on the day of the scheduled harvest.  Harvesters are responsible for properly filling out and attaching these bag tags to all containers of shellfish before selling clams to a buyer.  Harvesters must present their current shellfish license to the buyer and ensure all information recorded on the Treaty Indian Fish Receiving Ticket is correct.  The harvesters are required to sign their own Treaty Indian Fish Receiving Ticket.

Fish Tickets recording clams harvested by a designated digger are required to have the designated digger’s signature as well as the name of the person that the clams were being harvested for.