Mitchell McGee, John Cooke, Marsha McGee and James LaChester are responsible for collecting eggs from returning adult salmon, care and inventory of the eggs and resulting fry and fingerlings, and overall assurance that the fish are well taken care of. Mitchell and John have been with the hatchery since the early days of operation and provide continuity and experience to the operation. Marsha also performs the administrative duties necessary to keep everything running smoothly.
Maintenance Worker Vern Tolliver keeps the pumps and generators in excellent working order, which is vital to the well-being of the fish on the facility. He also routinely maintains station equipment, buildings and vehicles.
Ben Gilles (Hatchery Manager) joined the Makah NFH in August of 2016 after working as the hatchery manager at Quinault National Fish Hatchery. Before that, Ben served as the Enhancement Biologist for the Quinault Indian Nation. He has also worked for Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, headquartered in Sitka, AK. Ben graduated from Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka with a BS in Environmental Science. In his spare time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and fishing.
Jeremy Trimpey (Assistant Hatchery Manager) joined the Makah NFH in April of 2016 after working as fish biologist at the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery. Before that, Jeremy served as a fish biologist for Mount Parnell Fisheries, a commercial ornamental goldfish and koi farm in Pennsylvania. Jeremy graduated from Frostburg State University with a BS in Wildlife/Fisheries, then from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a MS in Aquaculture/Fisheries. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and fishing.
The hatchery works to meet its trust responsibilities with the Makah Indian Nation. Operating within the reservation boundaries enables the Service to provide commercial and sport fishing and employment opportunities for Tribal members. Makah NFH works cooperatively with the Makah Indian Nation’s Tribal Employment Rights Opportunity (TERO) program in hiring Tribal members for temporary work. This program gives Tribal members the opportunity to gain hands-on fish culture experience which mutually benefits the hatchery and the individual. This partnership with the Makah Nation enables Tribal members to gain hands on fish culture experience which might lead to a career opportunity in aquatic resources.