Finfish Program

Program Manager: Leah Mellinger



  • Miranda Ives, Finfish Biologist
  • Adrian Purser, Policy Advisor
The Port Gamble S’Klallam hunted, fished, and gathered from north of the San Juans, south into the Olympics, west into the Straits of Juan De Fuca, and east into the Hood Canal from time immemorial. The Finfish department must protect and manage the tribe’s resources in usual and accustomed areas with Pacific Halibut, Sockeye, Chum, Chinook, Coho, and forage fish.

The Finfish program is responsible for representing the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in co-management meetings with Washington treaty tribes, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Pacific Salmon Commission, International Pacific Halibut Commission, and other governmental entities. It also manages fisheries season setting, in-season management, commercial sampling and reporting. In recognition of the benefits of sustainable harvest and environmental restoration, we have established collaborative co-management relationships to conduct or promote research and management actions within the watershed to better our fishery and its people. Please explore our website to learn more about our endeavors, fisheries, and collaboration opportunities.