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TRIBES: Indian crabbers taking too much

Letter by Ed Kosnoski, Des Moines on June 6, 2011 at 11:26 am with 11 Comments »
June 6, 2011 11:26 am

On June 1 I observed a commercial crabbing boat laying down crab pots in a line from Saltwater State Park almost to the Des Moines Marina. I called the Department of Fisheries with the boat name and was told the boat belonged to the Puyallup Indians.

The representative said no commercial boats can crab this area but the Indians can do what they want. He said that the Puyallup Tribe declared their crabbing season to begin June 1.

It is one thing to crab sporadically around the Sound but to completely wipe out an area fishery because it is easy and they can is not reasonable. I am looking out my window at three crab pots less that 50 yards apart and a kicker boat harvesting the crab with a winch. They have pots as far south as I can see.

It looks like they will harvest 75 percent to 90 percent of what is here. What happened to the 50 percent allowed by the Boldt decision? It looks like they will wipe out the crab fishery south of Des Moines Marina for this year because they can.


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  1. LarryFine says:

    A friend and I were fishing the Nisqually at Mounts rd. a few years back. The tribe had caught their quota 2 weeks prior and shouldn’t have had any nets in the water. We got a bit too close to one and all hell broke loose. We escaped, minus one muffler… I called the poaching hotline and followed up the next day… and they stated they had not recieved any report such as I described.

  2. gonefishin69690 says:

    Indian “Everything” is taking too much.

  3. i fish at Mounts Rd, and remember 20 years ago all the indians had rifles in their boats. It definitely has not gotten any better, only worse.

    Last fall, I was down on the Humptulips, and right alongside the road, there was a dump of about 150 fish, the hens all gutted for their eggs, the bucks left completely intact. It is sick! Seen the same thing on the Puyallup. Problem is the eggs are so expensive overseas, the tribes are just grabbing the fish for the eggs, and often discarding the meat….

  4. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    95% of the crabs on the Hood Canal are now taken by the tribes. After they clean up an area there is not a crab left of legal size and sex.

    When will WA State residents throw the BS flag on the tribes. Not only crabs, how about:

    They have ruined the sports shrimp fishing
    They get to shoot 6 elk per household.

    And lets don’t forget:
    Tax free everything. Booze, Gaming, Off Reservation business, Gas Stations, Cigs, Fireworks, and the list goes on and on.

    We are the only state in the USE to not tax the tribes. They instead give huge donations to democrats.

    The State of Mississippi collect 2 Million a DAY from the tribes. Boy, would that help our state schools. The fact that we let them off tax free in exchange for political donations to democrats should be a crime.

    read this and weep:

    Crabs, small potatoes

  5. aislander says:

    When political correctness is combined with political corruption…well, the left has finally achieved its version of Utopia…

  6. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The irresponsible Indians and their cohorts in our incompetent socialist democrat government have allowed crab to be depleted severely in Hood Canal and the dumping of overfished goeduck by the indians in the past causing reduced oxygen in Hood Canal!!

    Wake up folks and remove socialist democrats from all levels of government in Washington State!!!

  7. This is exacxtly why I haven’t bought a fishing license in this state for the past 20 years. Why should I contribute a dime to the state when indians get all of the benefits. All of this talk about conservation and decreases in salmon runs is a bunch of nonsense. I save my fishing for out of state trips.

  8. Roncella says:

    Follow the money. As long as folks keep voting dems. into office in the once Great State of Washington the more powerful the Unions and Indian Casino’s will get.

  9. slugoxyz says:

    Ok. Here is one of those examples where bloggers usually in a death grip of opposition come close to agreeing. So, if everyone agrees that things concerning the Native Americans must change, why hasn’t it? I have said it a few times but I can think of no nation in the world that does not have a conquered people. I know, I know. We were mean to the Indians a century or two ago but isn’t it time now for them to take their rightful place in our nation. Forget the sovereign nation thing and extra privileges they get because …because… what? They lost? Tax the casinos, forget all the whaling stuff in the name of culture. If it’s illegal for me, it should be illegal for them. They can crab, hunt and fish along with every other ethnic group. This guilt thing has gone on too long hasn’t it? Just sayin…

  10. aislander says:

    You nailed it, slugoxyz. The way Indians are treated is a combination of apartheid and monopoly, both bad things. And if anything illustrates the failure of socialized medicine, it is the Indian Health Service. And you had only to look at most reservations (especially before the casinos) to see the failure of socialized ANYTHING…

  11. chiefpuyallup says:

    The tribes get half of the crab, if you go back a few years and look at records the state, and recreational crabbers have been the ones who over harvest the crab. And most recreational crabbers do not report their harvest like they are supposed to. Last year state went over quota by half. So state had 1 1/2 their quota. Not the tribes. Get your fax right next time.

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