up for Willapa we have the "
Dec. 6 - Public Workshop WDFW fishery managers will host a public
workshop from 2-5 p.m.; Raymond High School cafeteria, 1016 Commercial St.,
Raymond " and I urge all to attend. That said many are questioning
the value of participating because one more time it looks like another
WDF&W " dog & pony show " with it just being a cover for
WDF&W staff to go through the motions until they can get out of Raymond.
One could easily draw that conclusion and in many ways be correct or maybe not
as it is a matter of perception I think. This link is to WDF&W's website
where you can download the documents provided by WDF&W's staff.
will briefly hit the lay of the land as to process below but I urge all to view
the issues below as the reasons one SHOULD PARTICIPATE rather than not. If
folks do not get in to the fray and fight for change all you will get is more
of the same.
recap time as to process as to where we are.
Staff have made a huge effort to make information available and even provided
clarification and assistance in sorting through it. That is good and now the
bad. It was a virtual paper blizzard ( one gentleman collected every piece and
it was a stack nearly 2 inches thick ) was not correlated, labeled as to what
part of the process it related to, just mountains of information. For anyone
outside the agency or not familiar with WDF&W processes it was and is
almost impossible to understand.
favorite result from the public meeting earlier is the paper poll resulting in
the list of "aspirations "
that resulted in Commercials wanting seven days a week fisheries and Rec 25%
increase in harvest. Now not 25% of the harvestable fish but a 25% Rec increase above the PRESENT harvest which
Commercial interest take around 86% of the total harvest. Lord love a duck as
that is simply amazing to see paraded out in this day and age.
Draft Of The Revised Willapa Plan:
At this time it has yet to be fully vetted for the public, well for anyone be
it Rec, Conservationist, or Commercial. It is a modified watered down version
of the Grays Harbor Plan ( GHMP ) lacking in the definition of the GHMP. It was
just thrown out there for a citizen to read and figure out on their own. Not the best way to bring forward a draft of
anything let alone a fisheries management plan. At this point in time I doubt
if few outside agency staff have any idea what so ever as to just what the WMP
means as to implementation.
WDF&W staff seems to be fixated on this bit. The options they are
requesting revolve around HARVEST not conservation objectives. Some jumped on
these and tried to rally around a harvest option presented by WDF&W but
most did not. The thing is how on earth do you define harvest options when one
has not defined conservation objectives or a time line to achieve them? From
the public came 10 years but that is totally unrealistic. Four cycles which is
12 years for Coho & Chum an 16 years for Chinook would be the minimum time
required when natural spawning stocks have been pounded to such low levels as
in Willapa streams. Frankly I think that would be a very difficult goal to
achieve. Another issue is the desire by
WDF&W to manage Coho for the " aggregate " or total of all
Willapa streams as a singular stock. You may be able to do that if you separate
Willapa into two management zones North & South with North being 2T
Willapa, North River, & Smith Creek. The Willapa is to diverse and spread
out to manage for aggregate without
driving some streams to very low levels chasing the harvest destined to
the higher producing streams. This is why I find the approach of developing
harvest options before conservation and production objectives put forth in HSRG
( hatchery reform ) not just puzzling but right at counterproductive.
The Excel spread sheet is utilized to project the probable outcome of scenarios
developed, or options if you will. To some it is controversial but it is the
tool WDF&W has chosen to utilize so that is what it will be. In the course
of the last AD HOC Adviser meeting Mr. Appleby explained the AHA model
somewhat. Followed by the normal questions and confusion that this type of issue
always has with it. Mr. Appleby then asked WDF&W's Steve Theisfeld if he
should show the results of a Option run that was nearly complete and Steve said
NO. Opening up his lap top Mr. Appleby then again asked Steve again saying I
have it right here and again Steve said NO. Why Mr. Theisfeld chose to withhold
that information I do not know but it is not a appropriate response as it
resulted in information being withheld. ( again ) This is not how create
transparency in any public discussion in my view. So little is known at this
time as to what information WDF&W provided for the model, sources, and what
data is documented and what is a best guess thing.
AD HOC Advisers:
I am not sure what WDF&W staff thought this group could accomplish. Now some of the additional 5 AD HOC members
brought into the process for this purpose only seemed to be sincerely trying to
understand and participate but the regular crowd not so much. One long time
Willapa Adviser even told staff he had not even bothered to read the material
staff provided in a three ring binder. The meetings from a spectators point of
view were unruly, loud, and pretty much the normal Willapa waltz with the
Commercial interest. The other issue of a Commercials' conduct toward other
citizens I have previously put out to folks and I see no need to revisit it but
it happened, unfortunately.
Posted on Tue, December 2, 2014
by Dave Hamilton