Ok what we have here is the the interim Willapa policy draft. The Grays Harbor presentation I do not have as it had a error in it so Steve is trying to get it fixed before it goes out & about.
On the interim policy only one change by the Commission. The 20% harvest rate was reduced to 14%. To put this in perspective WDF&W went with 20% ended up with 37% plus change. So now they have a problem how does WDF&W do something that they have always said they would / could do and have failed miserably at? No idea here but I certainly would not want Steve Thiesfeld's job!!!
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
2015 Willapa Bay Salmon Management Interim Guidance
March 13April 9, 2015 Draft
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is providing Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) staff with this guidance and expects specific fishing seasons, including time, manner, and place prescriptions, will be developed in the rule- making process that considers both the policy and any public input. The
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) shall use the following policy guidance for managing salmon fisheries in Willapa Bay and tributary rivers in 2015.
Fall Chinook Salmon:
The Department shall initiate a rebuilding program to conserve and restore wild Chinook salmon in Willapa Bay. For 2015, limit
harvest mortality rates on Naselle and Willapa River natural-origin Chinook salmon to no more than 20% to initiate rebuilding the number of natural-origin spawners. Within the conservation constraints of the rebuilding program, manage fisheries with the following goals will be managed within the following intent:
· Manage Chinook salmon
will be managed to provide for a full an enhanced recreational fishing season with increasedto increase participation and/or catch. including consideration of increased daily limits, earlier openings, multiple rods, and other measures.
· For all fisheries through September 30, close the area north of a line from Toke
Point channel marker 3 easterly through Willapa Harbor channel marker 13 (green) then, northeasterly to the power transmission pole located at 46 degrees 43.19'N, 123 degrees 50.83'W.
· Structure recreational and commercial fisheries (e.g., schedule, location, gear) to minimize gear and other fishery conflicts:
o Commercial fisheries may be scheduled prior to August 8 but shall be limited to a maximum of one 48 consecutive-hour period.
o No commercial fisheries shall occur from August 8 through Labor Day in areas 2T and 2U.
· Promote the conservation and restoration of Chinook salmon in Willapa Bay by:
o Closing an appropriate area to protect North River Chinook, for example consider for all fisheries through September 30, close the area north of a line from Toke Point channel marker 3 easterly through Willapa Harbor channel marker 13 (green) then, northeasterly to the power transmission pole located at 46 degrees 43.19'N, 123 degrees 50.83'W.
·o Commercial fisheries may be scheduled in areas 2T and 2U after Labor Day but and before Sept. 16 but shall use mark-selective fishing gear (6.5” maximum mesh or, 4.5” maximum mesh tangle net, or other alternative gear) and recovery boxes.
o If it becomes apparent that scheduled commercial fisheries will exceed the aggregated pre-season natural-origin Chinook mortality expectation, the Department shall implement in-season management actions so that mortalities of natural-origin Chinook shall not exceed the aggregated pre- season projection.
· Monitoring, sampling, and enforcement programs will adequately account for species and population impacts (landed catch and incidental fishing mortality) of all recreational and commercial fisheries and ensure compliance with state regulations.
Fisheries will be managedManage fisheries with the intent goal of achieving the aggregate spawner goal for Willapa Bay natural-origin Coho salmon. Within the this conservation conservation constraint constraints of meeting the aggregate escapement goal, fisheries will be managed within the following intent:
· Prioritize commercial fishing opportunities during the Coho fishery management period (September 16 through October 14 and after October 31); and
· Provide recreational fishing opportunities.
Fisheries will be managedManage fisheries with the intent goal of achieving the aggregate spawner goal for Willapa Bay natural-origin Chum salmon. For 2015, limit the mortalities on chum salmon to no more than 10% to continue rebuilding the number of natural-origin spawners. Within the conservation constraints of meeting the aggregate escapement goal, fisheries will be managed within the following intent:manage fisheries with the following goals:
The maximum fishery impact shall not exceed a 10% harvest rate.
· No commercial fisheries will occur in the period from October 15-31 to further limit mortalities on natural-origin chum.
· Provide recreational fishing opportunities. Recreational fisheries will be allowed to retain Chum salmon
if retention is not prohibited in the commercial fishery.
The Commission recognizes that adaptive management will be essential to achieve the intent of this interim guidance. Department staff may implement actions to manage adaptively and will coordinate with the Commission, as needed, in order to implement corrective actions.
Posted on Sat, April 11, 2015
by Dave Hamilton