I have decided to try and update folks the best I can. So looking
back the starting point is the final North of Falcon meeting for Grays Harbor
and Region 6 Fish Program Manager Steve Theisfeld requesting all sorts hold
their fire on the internet regarding the Quinault Nations seasons.
Amazingly everyone ( well just about everyone ) did just that.
Then a few days back info started filtering out on the internet and e mail that
could not have come from anyplace besides the agency. In fact one individual
even identified the District 17 staff on the commercial seasons.
So are games being played? The immediate answer is yes and my best
guess is it revolves around District 17 staff and a few of the advisers. I immediately took the issue to Mr. Theisfeld
and he is attempting to keep everyone
updated. So here is the text of two emails from 4/16 &
From Mr. Theisfeld:
I’ve had some conversation with folks about the sport
regulations. They should be online either tomorrow or Monday. I suspect they
will be located on this page: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.
I know there was a request to have the advisors go over the
regulations before they went to print. I apologize that we weren’t able to fit
that in. We spent most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday putting the changes in
and then had an all-day regional meeting on Monday. The timing couldn’t have
been worse. As I noted previously, the timing on the pamphlet will change next
year and we should have considerably more time for review.
I truly appreciate everyone’s patience, I know that folks want to
see the final products, as do I.
Subject: North of Falcon Update
Sorry there hasn’t been much news from the North of Falcon front.
Some of us are running on 3-4 straight weeks without a day off and have been
working our rear ends off.
With regards to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet, I’ve indicated in the
past that the North of Falcon and pamphlet process do not line up well with the
APA process. To partially address that mis-match, WDFW will be moving the
pamphlet to a July through June publication next year. Then the APA process
will line up better with most salmon regulations, except spring chinook
fisheries. In the meantime, we have a need to get the pamphlet to the printer
this week. To that end, we have taken a shot at what we believe our CR-102
package for recreational fisheries will look like and put those into the
Pamphlet. If at the conclusion of the APA process and public input, a
recreational season is changed, we will address the change through an errata to
We have a meeting scheduled with Quinault tribe tomorrow and hope
to conclude our discussions with them. I don’t know whether I will have a
chance to report to you after the meeting because I intend to take Friday off
come hell or high water. I’ll try to get something out early next
With regards to the commercial seasons, Grays Harbor will
hopefully come to some resolution in discussions with Quinault tomorrow.
Willapa Bay will likely take a bit longer. We need to ensure we have carefully
reviewed and considered the abundant public input before finalizing a
We have discussed the potential of an additional public meeting to
present the Department’s proposals for Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. At this
time, I can’t give a potential date until I’m sure that we have a solid
foundation for the commercial packages, which we don’t at this
I hope this helps bring everyone up to speed. I appreciate your
patience as we work through the numerous issues.
I urge all who visit D's Rants to do the contact bit and I will add your name to the contact list so whenever we have something interesting posted you can be notified