Skarpari Lopez Island Fishing

We spend our time just off of Lopez Island in the Salish Sea. The tools and implements for fishing are illustrated in the local oral histories of this mystical body of water. The ancestors of these waters lived a marine culture here for thousands of years before us. We spend our fishing seasons following the patterns of fishing and crabbing then drying, canning, or freezing our catch to preserve it. Over the years we have learned how to respect nature and go with the flow by using tools that work with us, and not against us. Our lives on the water require a sharp knife for cutting rope or lines and an oyster shucker or a crab cracker to eat our catch. Some of the tools we use are based on ancient designs, and others are our creations based on the unique environments we choose to call home.