QUINAULT NATION

WASHINGTON STATE

SMITH ISLAND

CHESAPEAKE BAY, MARYLAND

Surging Tides

A lone Quinault Indian digs for Razor Clams at the edge of the surf. The big ones he tosses into the net which he drags behind him. The little ones go back to the sea. The fisheries here are carefully managed to keep the traditional harvest sustainable. As Climate Change continues to increase ocean temperatures, toxic algal blooms and storms have become more common. When the surf is heavy, the tide can run quickly up on to the flats, making the clam harvest dangerous.