DECEMBER 6, 2014 WILLAPA MANAGEMENT PUBLIC MEETING
how did the meeting Willapa meeting Saturday go? Those following the issue are probably
going to be surprised when I say rather well. In fact having been to more than
one meeting in 30 years it was one of the best as to participation and focus. The
Commercials came prepared, held their ground and did a decent job of presenting
their views as did the Recs. To be honest I was more than a little surprised
and all need to be complimented on their conduct. Also I think Steve Theisfeld
did a descent job and deserves an attaboy. He was frank & straight forward
and to the point. So high points.
Andy Appleby went through a presentation on AHA model. Nothing new for those
attending but I think Andy did a better job defining just what the model can
& cannot do. It is operable with the glitches removed but WDF&W only
received the final product mid day Friday so hatchery / harvest scenarios have
yet to be run.
The Management Policy Draft:
Well the changes were in a strike out format and pretty easy to track. Some big
some small as to changes but several major changes for accountability. Through
the meeting the new policy would come in and out of the conversation. In fact
Steve even urged folks to read it and comment on it but at that point of the
meeting I do not think all truly understood the process.
in the option discussion again the subject came up. This time it was brought
forth rather bluntly that the "options" are not the policy. The devil
is in the details & the details are the draft Willapa Management Policy
verbiage. Steve reinforced this and clearly
told folks not to just look at some option but go to the draft to define the language
that would even allow such a option. So I think most are getting to the point
of reading the policy carefully.
Hatchery Production / Harvest Scenarios
( options ): 6
were brought up with one identified as Hybrid Rec & another as Commercial. Do any work?
No idea but one can begin to get a glimmer of what is coming. The issue up
front is few paid attention to the instructions from the Commission that
Willapa WILL comply with HSRG. Of which the drivers will be the straying & the
PNI on both pNOS ( wild ) and pHOS ( hatchery ) adults. Think of it this way it
is doubtful that Forks Creek Hatchery can produce ( other than a small number )
Chinook. The straying at present has 3.8 hatchery adults spawning in the gravel
for every wild fish and it is not likely a weir will be put in the main river
to force them into the hatchery. So what does this mean to a 2T Rec or
Commercial fisheries. No idea yet but if the Chinook production is in the South
Channel you are going to end up with a rather good dip in Chinook and Coho
fishery if the Commercials are kept out of 2T & U, maybe. I doubt that will
completely be possible with a drop dead date of Commercial exclusion to only
September 15. Also the mix of Chinook hatchery / wild might require restrictions in
some portions of these two areas as the wild stocks have been driven down to
such a low point that flexibility for season setting is rather limited. We have
a lot of things that about to come together and I doubt if anyone knows for
sure what things will look like.
What Is Next: Well next Saturday is the Commission meeting
and Willapa will be on the agenda with a dedicated public input time. Also as soon as the revised draft is out and
about along with the options I or someone will get the information or links to
it as soon as it is available.
Posted on Sun, December 7, 2014
by Dave Hamilton