Since 2009, the Clear Creek Task Force in concert with the Suquamish Tribe had been collecting data on the Dyes Inlet nearshore habitat.
The nearshore habitat is the area from the water at high tide to the area where water becomes too deep for light to penetrate and allow plants to grow. It includes marine habitat and estuarine habitat, and ends at the farthest reach of the tide into an estuary. Clear Creek’s gravel beach nearshore is rich with forage fish such as shiner perch, northern anchovies, staghorn sculpins and starry flounders.
On the north shore of Dyes Inlet, lies Old Mill Park with public access to a cobbled beach. It’s here that forage fish come to spawn. And where the Task Force and partners Paul Dorn, recently retired Suquamish Tribe senior marine biologist, WSU Extension Kitsap, Port of Silverdale, Kitsap Sailing & Rowing Club and Sea Discovery gathered each May, June and September to take inventory of the nearshore habitat.
Unfortunately this program has been suspended.
This pattern, Fishnet, is taken from a traditional Suquamish basket design