Monday, February 8, 2016  

Suquamish Seafoods Enterprise



“Safety is The Priority”

The Geoduck harvest by the Suquamish Tribe is handled as an enterprise.  On November 5th, 1996, the Suquamish Tribal government chartered an independent branch and agency called the Suquamish Seafoods Enterprise (SSE).

Since 1996, when the first divers at Suquamish completed their dive training, safety has been the priority.  A complete review of the Suquamish Harvest Diving Program was recently completed by Dennis Lucia who has been a commercial diving instructor and dive safety officer for over 25 years.  Mr. Lucia has trained over 1000 tribal harvest divers at Suquamish and other tribes involved in this fishery. 

The Safety Review (see below) included an inspection of the diving equipment, dive boats, and the actual dive operations and procedures.  The results were presented to Council on October 4th, 2010.   

 “Suquamish operates the safest commercial harvest diving operation I am aware of”, states Lucia.

 Mr. Lucia discussed the excellent safety record at Suquamish.  “The attitude of safety began with training but has been carried on daily by the dive teams”, he said.  “With thousands of hours logged underwater it is incredible that serious accidents or injuries have been avoided.”

“Everyone on the dive team thinks about safety constantly and their vigilance is the foundation for maintaining a high standard safety in the underwater workplace”.

SSE is mandated to oversee all commercial harvesting, processing, marketing, purchasing and selling of treaty shellfish and other seafood goods and services.  They own four dive boats and contract with Suquamish Tribal Member divers to harvest geoduck. The Enterprise maintains a processing plant which employs Suquamish Tribal members and others to pack and send live geoduck to our customers.

SSE has a business office and manages all business activities for the enterprise from that location at
15838 Sandy Hook Road, Poulsbo, Washington 98370.

Contact: Robin Jordan 360-394-8511

Image: Mike Kane for The Wall Street Journal
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