OK all done now. It appears from Steve's E mail ( in red below ) that screwing with the GHMP did not go over all that well. Now all should keep in mind that putting the NT Nets in on Sunday does meet GHMP requirements. The policy is the policy and it is guidelines to how you do things as to harvest but staff do have the flexibility to manage user seasons within the policy guidelines.
Now on the other hand when previous R-6 staff moved the marine boundary from the 101 bridge to Lake side they knew full well that they were dumping on the handicapped and low income folks best fishing location and for many the ONLY descent location. Staff knew full well what they were doing but did not care. Once something is implemented it is difficult to get change let alone something done years ago. So the dance goes on but I am glad this one is over ............. hopefully.




Hi Again Everyone,


There was not support for continuing discussion about moving days in the Grays Harbor commercial salmon fishery.  Therefore this issue will not be brought before the Commission. 


Have a great weekend!




From: Thiesfeld, Steven L (DFW)
Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2015 3:35 PM
Subject: Grays Harbor Commercial Rules


Hi Everyone,


I want to alert you to a discussion we will be having with the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s - Fish Committee tomorrow.  As you are aware, there were 3 Sunday fisheries proposed in areas 2A-D.  We heard concern expressed by the recreational sector about those days and moving the start time back.  While that is an option, another option is to move a couple of those days to Thursday.  So we are going to have a discussion with the Fish Committee tomorrow about whether moving October 11 to October 15, and October 18 to October 22 makes sense or not.  If the days are moved, there would still be 3 consecutive days between fisheries, but they would not be 3 consecutive days in the calendar week.  I’m not sure whether the Fish Committee will be supportive or not.  If they are, the issue would be brought up to the entire Commission on Friday or Saturday.  I don’t know the specific mechanism, it could be a briefing by the Director or the Fish Committee chair.  If folks want to weigh in on the issue, the Open Public Comment period would be a great opportunity to provide some thoughts.  I will send out an email after the Fish Committee meeting tomorrow evening to let you know if the issue will be moved forward for additional discussion or not.  


Steve Thiesfeld

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Region 6 Fish Program Manager

48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563



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