Originally from Port Angeles, he grew up, as he puts it, “just a mile off from the best wild ‘ducks you can get in the world,” near Dungeness Spit. His uncle married a woman from the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. That gave Peterson, 30, an opportunity to learn the commercial geoduck trade. It is a business that can be lucrative and deadly. He knew a Skokomish tribal diver who died from an embolism while working in Hood Canal in 2011. He had planned on buying the man's catch that day. Peterson operates under the name Rain Seafood Inc., and typically purchases between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds of geoducks a day from reservations around western Washington. Once loaded into his refrigerated truck, the haul is taken to L & C Seafood in Tukwila, where workers rush to sort the clams by grade. High-grade geoduck is typically between 1 pound and 2.5 pounds, with a light tan color and thick neck. “When it comes to geoduck, the most important thing is health,” Peterson said.