Huxley Speaker Series 2/1/18: Julie Barber: Swinomish Shellfish Program

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 3:58pm

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: AW-204

The Swinomish Shellfish Program: Management, Research, and Restoration Efforts

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (SITC) Fisheries Department focuses much of its work on finfish and shellfish resources. The Shellfish Program provides the Tribe with research, restoration, and technical assistance to achieve optimal benefits for its member fishers. Currently, the program supports numerous projects including: shellfisheries management, bait clam fishery administration, subtidal and intertidal shellfish surveys, native clam population variability research, intertidal ecological research, clam garden development, Olympia oyster restoration and research, aquaculture ventures, and dive safety. Within the Shellfish Program, SITC also supports the Swinomish Fisheries Climate Change Program (SFCCP), which works to (1) assess climate change risks and vulnerabilities for shellfisheries and (2) execute research efforts to fill knowledge gaps. This talk will include a discussion of treaty fishing rights and examples of ongoing and upcoming research projects including decadal change in intertidal clam populations and echinoderm dive surveys.

Julie Barber is the Senior Shellfish Biologist for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s Fisheries Department. She leads a hard-working team of scientists in their efforts to research, restore, and manage the Tribe’s valuable shellfish resources. She has worked for Swinomish Fisheries for the past eight years and thoroughly enjoys her job and working with her colleagues. 


The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment, at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:00 in the Academic Center West (AW-204) on the WWU campus in Bellingham, WA.

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