HAPPY T DAY & SOME QUESTIONS
some catch up here but I wanted to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving! Family, food,
and the season makes it a special time of the year. Enjoy!
I was asked a couple of questions, so first up why is the Chehalis Tribe
fishing with the closure? Well the answer is the Chehalis are a non treaty
tribe that has court mandated fishing rights. Their harvest comes from the non
treaty share ( us ) not the tribal which is QIN. Once the Rec and Non Treaty
Gillnetters ( us again ) went in the Chehalis Tribe will fish. Simply put if
the agency screws up as they did this year they do not have to accept boo boo
no fish left as the Rec fisher did.
next question is a bit more difficult. The point this gentleman had was that he
could see little difference in previous years compared to this year from a
inland fishers point of view. So off I went with the spiel on the new GH Policy
on how things were supposed to be different. To be honest he did not budge on
his thoughts and kept coming back to the same place which was " call it
what you will the end result was the same " He has a point and a rather
good one to be honest. In the past WDF&W placed the vast majority of
conservation on the inland Rec seasons and bag limits to enable the Non Treaty
gillnetters greater harvest. With the new GH Policy this was not supposed to be
how things worked. I pointed out the
various things in the GH Policy that benefitted the inland fisher but kept
getting nailed by this simple fact. Regardless of the intent of the policy the
end result was that WDF&W placed the conservation needs on inland Rec which
is exactly what they have done for nearly 30 years.
pointed out again that the agency had taken action to address the failed
preseason harvest by closing for conservation which had a lot of support and
was given a atta boy with applause for it. His response was one I have to
remember. " That is like giving bank robbers an award for making their get
away without shooting anyone". The man has a point. If the end
result is how you view something and not the process utilized to get there then
WDF&W's failure in the Chehalis was the same as in the past, they just did
Heck of a gotcha moment.
thing I have noticed over the years is the lack of understanding of how
WDF&W functions as a government entity which is much different than the
private sector. You see agencies are about process while the private sector is
end results. The agency can work their way through a issue be it harvest or
whatever and feel they were successful even if they fail to meet the objectives
if the process went as planned. The process being that important is really due
to the interaction and criticism from us the public. Now the private sector
does not have us on them twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Also you
fail to meet objectives and profits disappear your toast in the private sector
as it is about the end results, period. ( right after complying with laws
) The objective being to make a profit
means failure is NOT a option. For WDF&W failure to make an objective is
acceptable as they utilize our taxes & fees so there is always another day.
is what it is.
Posted on Sun, November 22, 2015
by Dave Hamilton