The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has entered into a joint venture with Cooke Aquaculture Pacific that will initially involve rearing sablefish (black cod) and sterile triploid, all-female rainbow trout. The venture will require reinstatement of the farm lease at Port Angeles, in exchange for significant investment by the venture in new infrastructure and local jobs in the area. The two partners will work together to rear these Northwest native species in Washington’s Port Angeles Harbor.
“Our Council is committed to pursuing our self reliance goal through diversified economic development and education, and we believe this partnership will contribute to meeting that goal,” said W. Ron Allen, the chairman and chief executive officer of Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, seen at right in photo above taken during a signing ceremony in sealing the deal with Jim Parsons, general manager of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific.
Allen added: “We, along with our sister tribes, are strong stewards of our environment. And we firmly believe we can implement net pen aquaculture consistent with our tribal heritage and cultural values.”
This partnership with Cooke augments the well established working relationship between the Tribe, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Manchester Research Laboratory and the University of Washington, which have worked together since 2015 on black cod aquaculture research.
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is the second largest employer in Clallam County, providing jobs for over 750 people in its Tribal government and businesses. In addition to the businesses that provide revenues for Tribal programs and services, the Tribe is an active partner in many community projects focusing on protection and restoration of natural resources and habitat, improving health and wellness for the Olympic Peninsula, public safety, and promoting quality education.
“The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is known for being progressive and forward-thinking in its approach to resource management and economic development,” said Glenn Cooke, chief executive officer of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific. “We look forward to working together to produce top quality seafood for consumers in Washington and across the US.”