Stories from the Blue: Quinault Indian Nation Razor Clam Dig

Located off the coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary works closely with four indigenous communities: the Quinault Indian Nation and the Hoh, Makah, and Quileute tribes. These communities have forged inseparable ties to the ocean environment, maintaining traditions of the past while they navigate the challenges of the present.

Razor clams are an important resource for the Quinault Indian Nation. Historically, razor clams provided sustenance and served as trade items; today, annual razor clam digs help supplement Quinault income.

Watch our Stories from the Blue video to learn about the Quinault Indian Nation’s razor clam digs and how the nation and the sanctuary work together to protect culturally-important ocean ecosystems.


We’ve tried lots of strategies for getting salmon over dams to their spawning grounds – fish ladders, fish elevators, fish trucks … even fish helicopters. But all of those methods are expensive and none of them are efficient.

Enter the salmon cannon.

(This reminds me of the old joke: What did the fish say when it ran into a wall? “Dam.”

Maybe they’ll have to change the punchline to “Shoot.”)

An example from Pavan Sukhdev

Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

The danger of not looking at the public goods problem, an example from global fisheries:
  • open access and subsides for fleets is creating a race to the bottom
  • risking a global loss of productivity of a $85 bil industry
  • risking the jobs of 35 million fisherfolk
    • of which estimated 27-30 million are actually artisans and often poor
  • risking a huge amount of protein that many cultures are dependant upon
  • huge declines in catch per unit capacity
    • 27-30 million of subsidies making fleets larger, while the sum catch is the same/small
See Georges Bank protected fisheries off of Cape Cod example. Fleets often wait at the edge of the protected areas and catch nearly all of their fish in that perimeter. The Georges Bank example helps illustrate the value of protected areas as a source to supply the sink created by fishing fleets.

#WomeninSTEM Wednesday: Meet Nikki Moore, Division Chief for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands and Avid Fisherwoman

I often think about how serendipitous it is that I have the privilege of managing a conservation system that includes the Rogue River where I started. The first Wild and Scenic river, my favorite river, the river I grew up on.  –Nikki Moore

On today’s #mypubliclandsroadtrip in Oregon, we caught up with Nikki Moore - Division Chief for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - for a chat about the National Conservation Lands, her background in science and fisheries, and the meaning of the amazing Rogue River to her family.

CLICK HERE to read her amazing story.

[#Kanji of the Day] Wednesday January 18, 2017 (Heisei 29):漁撈

Japanese Romaji: gyorou
Japanese Meaning: fishing / fishery

gyo(asa, ryou, sunado) - fishery / fishing / angle / to fish / catch / fishing excursion

rou - catch fish

*Note: in Japanese, this word is also written as 漁労

Chinese Pinyin: yúlāo
Chinese Meaning: fishing (as a commercial activity) / fishery

yú​ - to fish / fishing / fisherman / to pursue (illegitimately) / to seek / to seize / acquire forcibly

lāo - to pull or drag out of the water / scoop out of water / scoop up from water / to fish up / fish for / to dredge up / to get by improper means / (Cantonese) earn a living, often in a seedy profession / (Cantonese) mix evenly or thoroughly


#mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM Idaho Begins at the South Fork of the Snake River

The South Fork of the Snake River flows 66 miles across southeastern Idaho, through high mountain valleys, rugged canyons, and broad flood plains to its confluence with the Henry’s Fork near Menan Buttes.  Since 1985, the river has been eligible for inclusion in the nation’s Wild and Scenic River System.

The South Fork supports the largest riparian cottonwood gallery forest in the West and is among the most unique and diverse ecosystems in Idaho.  It is also home to 126 bird species, including 21 raptors, meriting a “National Important Bird Area” designation.  The river also supports the largest native cutthroat fishery outside of Yellowstone National Park.  The corridor is also home for an impressive array of other wildlife including moose, deer, elk, mountain goats, mountain lions, black bears, bobcats, coyotes, river otter, beaver, fox, and mink.  

Among recreationists throughout the country, the South Fork is known as a premier blue ribbon trout fishery, and was selected as the host site for the 1997 World Fly-Fishing Championship. More than 300,000 anglers, campers, hikers, boaters and other recreationists use the South Fork each year.

  • K: So, I heard back for a position at a fishery in Washington. I know it's not exactly a warm place like cities down south or in Cali, but it would definitely get us away! I'm not too sure if that's some place you'd want to live, and I do need to go about further talks/find out wages, but a potential future. Maybe.

New Adopt-a-Trout Program Combines Agency Research and Environmental Education.

The BLM Colorado Southwest District fisheries program is working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to educate Gunnison High School students and improve fish ecology through the newly formed Adopt-a-Trout program. The project involves tagging trout and sparking students’ interest in natural resources careers while giving them the opportunity to learn about local watersheds, engage in community restoration projects, learn about trout based ecology and conduct research with biologists.

About 50 students in the Environmental Science and Wildlife Management class at Gunnison High School are helping CPW Aquatic Biologist Dan Brauch identify limiting factors in robust healthy trout populations, find areas for stream restoration projects and collect data to further understand how trout move throughout Tomichi Creek, a tributary to the Gunnison River in Gunnison, Colorado.

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Sustainability: Don't waste seafood waste
Turning cast-off shells into nitrogen-rich chemicals would benefit economies and the environment, say Ning Yan and Xi Chen.

Every year, some 6 million to 8 million tonnes of waste crab, shrimp and lobster shells are produced globally — 1.5 million tonnes in southeast Asia alone. But these shells harbour useful chemicals —protein, calcium carbonate and chitin — what if we actually *did* something with it?