GHMP UPDATE

GHMP UPDATE

Christmas is past& the new year fast approaching so I thought I would post up a couple of items all may not be aware of. First up is the January WDF&W Commission meeting. Anyone who can make the next Commission meeting should do so as it is the last time the Commission will take input on the Grays Harbor Management Plan redo. I think they expect a crowd as the meeting location has changed to a larger facility.

Attached is the revised agenda for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting on January 10-11, 2014

*Please note the meeting is at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Tumwater.Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center1620 74th Avenue SW Tumwater Wa 98501 - Evergreen Room

Directions:

From the North take I-5 toward Portland just past Tumwater to exit 101. Do not confuse with Highway 101. Go east on Tumwater Boulevard one block, take first right and then first right again to hotel.

From the South take I-5 toward Seattle to exit 101. Do not confuse with Highway 101. Go east on Tumwater Boulevard one block, take first right and then first right again to hotel. http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-tumwater-washington-WA126/Hotel-Map?country=US

In addition the guides have been very busy pushing for the end of the Non Treaty Gilnet seasons. It is good to see more and more folks pushing for change. Atta boy for Duane & Joe for the effort to get more folks involved.

Anglers protest Grays Harbor gill netting.

December 26, 2013

KXRO Newsradio

Anglers are asking the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission to ban commercial gill netting in Grays Harbor and are trying to get at least 300 people to the January 11 commission meeting in Olympia.

“Failure to meet escapement needs, 7 or 8 out of the 12 past years on different rivers in the basin . . . Not acceptable!” said Duane Inglin, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s also not in line with what the commission recognizes as a successful management strategy.”

Their plan is to “Let the commission know that it is no longer acceptable for WDFW to spend 250,000.00 to 300,000.00 per year on over-seeing a commercial fishery for 20 to 30 commercial fishermen. Spend that money on hatchery production and reform. Boost the numbers in the basin, providing more opportunity for the thousands of sports fishers who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, in that region. "

According to organizers, the January 11th meeting will be the last time to speak in front of the commission prior to their February 14th vote on the Grays Harbor Management Plan.

 I urge all who visit D's Rants to do the contact bit and I will add your name to the contact list so whenever we have something interesting posted you can be notified.

 

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