Forgive the formatting but cut & paste can and is a bear at times! So a quick update. The Commission policy below has some Grays Harbor
& Willapa changes in red as the strike does not carry in a C&P. The new
Director is currently the Idaho F&H Deputy Director and more to come on
that I am sure. The draft Willapa policy will be released soon. Now this is for
review and the final will be next month for public comment as it goes on the
North of Falcon Policy
This Policy will guide Department
staff in considering conservation, allocation, in-season
management, and monitoring issues
associated with the annual salmon fishery planning
process known as "North of Falcon." When considering management issues, Department staff will ensure that decisions are made consistent with: the Department's statutory
authority; U.S. v. Washington; U.S. v. Oregon; the Endangered Species Act; the Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan; the Pacific Salmon
Treaty; the Pacific Fishery
Management Council's Framework Salmon Management Plan; pertinent state/tribal agreements;
and the applicable Fish and Wildlife Commission
The Department will implement this Policy
consistent with the purposes and intended outcomes described in the 21st Century
Salmon and Steelhead Planning Project including:
Salmon and steelhead will be managed to recover and assure sustainability in a way that is science-based, well-documented, transparent, well-communicated, and accountable.
Fisheries will be managed to meet or exceed ESA, recovery, and conservation goals; and harvest management measures will protect
and promote the long-term well-being of the commercial and recreational fisheries.
On a statewide basis, fishing opportunities will be provided when they can be directed
at healthy wild and hatchery stocks.
Selective fishing methods and gears that maximize fishing opportunity and
minimize impacts on depressed stocks will be utilized to the fullest extent possible taking into consideration legal constraints on implementation and budgetary limits associated with required sampling, monitoring and enforcement programs.
from a statewide perspective, fishing
directed at chinook, coho, pink, sockeye, or chum salmon will not be exclusively reserved for either sport or
sport fisheries, meaningful recreational fishing opportunities will be distributed equitably across fishing areas and reflect the diverse interests of fishers, including retention and catch and release fisheries.
The Department will seek non-treaty fishing
access to unutilized
portions of treaty harvest allocations through the implementation of pre-season
agreements, taking into consideration changes in abundance, fishery conflicts, and factors that may
influence attainment of spawning escapement objectives.
Sockeye, Chum. and Pink Salmon
For fisheries directed at
Fraser River-origin chum, pink, and sockeye stocks, the majority of harvest
will be provided to the commercial fisheries.
For fisheries directed at harvestable Puget Sound-origin chum
stocks, the majority of harvest will be provided to the commercial fisheries.
For fisheries directed at Lake Washington sockeye, the first 200,000 non-treaty harvest will be provided to recreational fishers. If the allowable non-treaty
harvest is greater than 200,000, commercial harvest directed at this stock may be
For fisheries directed at harvestable Puget Sound origin pink salmon, seasons will be established that provide meaningful
opportunities for both recreational and commercial fisheries
while minimizing gear and other fishery conflicts.
The Puget Sound harvest management objectives for chinook
and coho stocks, in
priority order, are to: (1)
provide meaningful recreational fishing
opportunities; and (2) identify and provide opportunities for commercial
harvest. When managing sport fisheries in this region, recreational opportunities will be distributed equitably across
fishing areas, considering factors
such as: the uniqueness of each area; the availability of opportunities for various species in each area throughout
the season; the desire to
provide high levels of total recreational opportunity;
and the biological impacts.
• Grays Harbo r will be m anaged
co nsistent with the Comm
ission’s Grays Harbo
r Po licy (POL C -3621).
Grays Harbor harvest
management objectives shall include opportunities for both the
recreational and commercial fisheries.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission's policy on Columbia River Salmon Management (POL• C3620) shall guide pre-season and in-season planning of Columbia River salmon fisheries. Columbia River harvest management regimes shall be developed in cooperation with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife representatives.
Bay w ill be m anaged co nsistent with
the Co mm issio n’s Willapa Bay Po licy
(P OL C -XXXX).
Willapa Bay harvest management shall be consistent with Willapa Bay Framework management objectives. The following general
intent shall apply:
Willapa Bay harvest management objectives shall include
meaningful opportunities for both recreational and commercial fisheries.
Pacific Ocean harvest shall be managed
consistent with the
Pacific Fishery Management Council's Framework Salmon Management Plan and the National Standards that provide for fair and equitable allocation
of fishing privileges among various fishers.
When in-season management actions are taken, they will be implemented in a manner that is consistent with pre-season conservation and harvest management objectives, and the fishery intent developed through
the North of Falcon process.
Monitoring, Sampling and Enforcement
Monitoring, sampling and enforcement programs will be provided
to account for species and population impacts of all
fisheries and to ensure compliance with state regulations.
Fishery participants will be required to comply with fishery monitoring and evaluation programs designed
to account for species and population impacts.
Gear and Fishery Conflicts
fisheries directed at other species, shall be resolved by involving the appropriate sport and commercial representatives in a
dispute resolution process managed by
The Department will manage fisheries to minimize mortalities
on non-target species (e.g. rockfish, sea
birds, etc.). Management
regimes will include strategies to limit seabird mortalities consistent with the federal Migratory
Bird Treaty Act.
North of Falcon participants will be included as observers
during appropriate state/tribal discussions
of fishery issues.
decisions made during the North of Falcon process
will be recorded
variety of tools will be used
to effectively communicate with the public, to
receive input on pre-season planning or in-season fishery issues, and to make available the record of decisions. Such tools will include: recreational and
commercial advisory groups; public
workshops to address key issues; the
WDFW North of Falcon Web site; and in-season tele-conferences.
o The Department will make a
concerted effort to consult with stakeholders prior to making major decisions with the tribes.
Delegation of Authority
with Northwest treaty tribes and other governmental agencies, and
adopt permanent and emergency regulations resulting
from the agreements made
during the annual North of
Posted on Sat, January 10, 2015
by Dave Hamilton