New Quinault Indian Nation Wave Buoy Deployed

October 17, 2023

On 6 October 2023, the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) deployed a wave buoy off Point Grenville, WA, as a test through the Backyard Buoys project. Conditions were generally calm with 4-5 foot swell, as Joe Schumacker, QIN Marine Resources Scientist, Liesl Danyluk, APL-UW Field Engineer, and two QIN fishermen deployed a Sofar Spotter buoy over the side of a Quinault Indian Nation crabbing vessel, the F/V Seeker. This site was chosen by the QIN to provide wave information for tribal and non-tribal vessels using the remote area, and for Quinault tribal members using small boats and canoes to check surf conditions off the reservation when deciding to use the coastal waters for recreational, subsistence, and commercial uses. Photo credit: Dennis Wise, UW Media