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Posted on: July 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] San Juan County is Collecting and Sharing Fishing Stories in Collaboration with Salmon Nation

Fish Stories of the San Juans

 San Juan County’s Environmental Stewardship Department wants to hear and share your fishing stories. We are collaborating with Salmon Nation—an organization recognizing that 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 non-native 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, in a powerful way, 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 mid- to late-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 August 7th 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
360-370-7593 |

Photo credit: Poulsbo Historical Society/Nesby

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