Tulalip has adopted what it calls “derby style” harvest, tribal shellfish program manager Mike McHugh said. “We started at 8 to 10 hours on restrictions 15 years ago and slowly reduced to two to three hours,” McHugh said. While other tribes may open a tract for a few days harvest and monitor quotas by weight, Tulalip allows its divers to haul in as many pounds of geoduck as they can within a two- or three-hour window, depending on the area. “We're forced to dig fast,” said Hegnes, owner of the Rawdeal. For divers, the time constraints make for a steep learning curve. “It was really hard for me at first” Madrigal said, “A lot of people get licensed, dive once, and say ‘This isn't for me.'” This gap in skill and experience is evident at the dock after harvest. On May 27, the same day Madrigal had trouble equalizing, the 11 boats from Tulalip brought in anywhere from just a few hundred pounds to almost 1,500 pounds apiece.