Monster Seminar Jam: Jon Scordino
This seminar is part of the NWFSC's Monster Seminar Jam series.
Jon Scordino (Makah Fisheries Management) is presenting a talk, "Out with the New And In With the Old: Reviving a Traditional Makah Halibut Hook for Modern Fisheries Management Challenges"
Although fisheries challenges evolve rapidly, historical approaches may provide “new” tools for managers. In the state of Washington, the Makah Tribe have used čibu·d, their traditional fishhook, to target Pacific halibut long before the advent of modern fisheries. We describe our experience in rediscovering this historical harvesting method, testing the species selectivity, refining the approach, and producing a tool ready for application in modern fisheries management. Over nearly a decade, we were able to uncover substantial traditional knowledge in the community. Turning this knowledge into a reproducible and consistent product for testing proved difficult. Initial attempts to deploy the gear using commercial longlines encountered a range of challenges, but suggested refinements for further research. Subsequent experiments in recreational fisheries were successful due to the lessons learned during initial work. Our experience may be of value to others hoping to investigate historical methods with potential for addressing modern problems
Jonathan “Jon” Scordino has worked as the Marine Mammal Biologist for the Makah Tribe since 2007. Most of Jon’s research focuses on marine mammals, but occasionally he is able to lead or assist co-workers on research of other species. One project that was extra special was the opportunity to study the Makah Tribe’s halibut hook, the čibu·d. The Parker family of the Makah Tribe recognized Jon’s many years of conducting research and helping to protect Makah treaty rights by giving him the name Čibuqsas, which translates to “All about halibut hooks”. It is rare for the Tribe to give a non-Makah tribal member a name and is a great honor.
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