Creative Accounting Series

The "Creative Accounting" Series is dedicated to showing the public how WDFW uses computerized modeling to estimate the number of fish returning each year, set a goal for the number it wants to see survive capture to travel on upstream, and subtracts one from the other to establish the number of fish remaining that will be available for harvest. Then, the video documents how the Department uses Excel spreadsheet calculations to allocate the available harvest between commercial license holders and recreational or "Sport" license holders. Each of the three videos in the series shows how the models or Excel spreadsheet seem "tweaked" by the insertion of questionable assumptions after which, the model majestically approves the harvest schedule desired by upper management and passed on to the Commission.