Share Stories about San Juans Fishing for Conservation Project

Posted July 24, 2021 at 8:59 am by

For­age fish sur­vey. San Juan Update file photo.

From San Juan Coun­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Department

San Juan County’s Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Depart­ment wants to hear and share your fish­ing stories.

We are col­lab­o­rat­ing with an orga­ni­za­tion called Salmon Nation that rec­og­nizes the fight for wild salmon is about much more than fish — it’s about cul­ture, liveli­hoods and the via­bil­i­ty of our nat­ur­al and human systems.

San Juan Coun­ty will col­lect sto­ries for our “Fish Tales of the San Juans – Then and Now” project from native and non­na­tive elder fish­ers of their expe­ri­ences from decades past when Chi­nook were plen­ti­ful in our waters.

We also will inter­view those fish­ing our waters today to spot­light cur­rent pat­terns and con­di­tions in the San Juan Islands. Video clips of these inter­views will be com­piled to tell a broad­er sto­ry that helps to instill a con­ser­va­tion eth­ic in both res­i­dents of and vis­i­tors to the San Juan Islands.

We will con­duct casu­al 20-minute inter­views with fish­ers in August. If you would like to share your sto­ry of fish­ing in the old days, or of the extra­or­di­nary chal­lenges fac­ing our trib­al, recre­ation­al and com­mer­cial fish­ers today, please con­tact us by Aug. 7 at

Those inter­viewed may choose to also con­tribute their fish tale to our col­lab­o­ra­tor Salmon Nation for their salmon sto­ry project. Hun­dreds of sto­ries are being col­lect­ed about why wild salmon are impor­tant to peo­ple from all walks of life. Any­one from the North Slope of Alas­ka to North­ern Cal­i­for­nia may participate.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Byron Rot, project man­ag­er, San Juan Coun­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship at 360–370-7593 or

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