Combining Chum

Vol 2 documents how WDFW breaks with common sense, best available science, and its own management modeling for other salmon and steelhead stocks found in the Basin to combine all the stocks of Chum salmon found in every river and stream flowing into Grays Harbor to create a fictitious fish known to WDFW managers as the "Grays Harbor Chum". The net effect of this creative accounting move is the modeling and spreadsheets that WDFW uses to manage the fisheries in the Basin do not reflect the ever-continuing decline in Chum stocks in different streams in the upper portion of the Basin. While the declining stocks are known to the Department, if the modeling recognized them as separate stocks the Excel based harvesting model used by WDFW could limit or reject on commercial gill-net seasons desired by the Department in the lower stretches of the Chehalis.

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