ANOTHER WILLAPA UPDATE WITH CHANGES

ANOTHER WILLAPA UPDATE WITH CHANGES

Morning all,

 

Well the latest draft on the Willapa Policy is out and about. Some changes and a new option. So here is a link to WDF&W's website where one can down load it.

http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/willapa_bay_salmon/

 

Several changes but things to look for are:

 

  • Look for the harvest rate on Chinook. AHA modeled 14% for recovery and staff keeps trying to insert 20% to enable expanded commercial harvest and no recovery.

 

  • The use of aggregate to manage harvest which is the total of all Willapa stocks for that species. It is a very poor management policy that allows for over harvest of weaker streams. Not good.

 

  • The 2T & U time in for the commercials. They do not need to be in 2T & U until after September 16.

 

  • FYI Alternative E is basically a synopsis of the essential policy elements endorsed by the Twin Harbors Advocacy as well as the WB Advisory Members representing the recreational and conservation sectors.

     

  • The principal difference between D and E is that Alternative E seeks a Contributing stock designation for Naselle Chinook without the 'pie in the sky' ramp up to 3.3 million hatchery production. Instead a much more realistic and sustainable hatchery production goal of 0.8 million is proposed.

 

So take a look and see what you think.

 

Dave

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