What we have below is a
e mail regarding the NT Gillnetters Commercial
seasons this fall. To boil it down to its simplest terms WDF&W proposed to
put the NT commercials in on Sunday which effectively wipes out the handicapped
access in the Lakeside reach above the 101 bridge and the Mom & Pop troll
fishery at the Port of GH. Oh but we have another option, just dump the Grays
Harbor Management Policy ( GHMP ) 4/3. 4/3 is the provision that requires 3 consecutive
days in a calendar week be net free. It takes a three day window to pass fish
ABOVE the QIN nets. Do one or two days or not 3 consecutive days the fish do
not clear the QIN fishers below South Monte but rather simply get caught below
South Monte vs being caught in down town Aberdeen. How about another thought,
do not put NT Nets in on Sunday or at least as I suggested to staff keep the
nets out until 1:00 PM so working folks can fish on their day off!
Additionally I will
point out if not for the 4/3 provision last year we would have devastated the
Chinook run as it came in early and short ( and did not make escapement again )
which was not detected until after harvest. 4/3 is our and the fishes safety
net and the balancer between inriver & marine fisheries.
In the past ( prior to
the use of lap top computer modeling ) staff utilized escapement plus 10% to
create a pad for escapement. In recent years with computer modeling we do it
down to the last " paper fish " and frankly this has resulted in our
failure to make Chinook escapement and devastated the week upriver Chum
returns. The reason and the only reason we fail to make Chinook escapement and
upper Chehalis Basin Chum struggle is overharvest.
So off we go
............... again. In my personal opinion this is about the rudest method
of operation I have seen in years. Well maybe not the full court press in San Francisco
at PFMC out of the public eyes to invalidate the Willapa Policy pretty much is
the top vote getter I guess. Think of it this way. One day before a discussion
at the Commission level Region 6 sends out the heads up e mail on something as important
as handicapped access and the 4/3 provision. One day, no press release, no nothing. These guys give the word rude a bad name.
More to come for sure
and as soon as we find anything out I will let all know but this constant assault
on the GHMP by staff behind closed doors
without notifying the citizens in our community needs to stop. They might try
looking up the definition of the word rude as it certainly describes staff conduct
on this issue.
RUDE: offensively impolite or ill-mannered.
want to alert you to a discussion we will be having with the Fish and Wildlife
Commission’s - Fish Committee tomorrow. As you are aware, there were 3
Sunday fisheries proposed in areas 2A-D. We heard concern expressed by
the recreational sector about those days and moving the start time back.
While that is an option, another option is to move a couple of those days to
Thursday. So we are going to have a discussion with the Fish Committee
tomorrow about whether moving October 11 to October 15, and October 18 to
October 22 makes sense or not. If the days are moved, there would still
be 3 consecutive days between fisheries, but they would not be 3 consecutive
days in the calendar week. I’m not sure whether the Fish Committee will
be supportive or not. If they are, the issue would be brought up to the
entire Commission on Friday or Saturday. I don’t know the specific
mechanism, it could be a briefing by the Director or the Fish Committee chair.
If folks want to weigh in on the issue, the Open Public Comment period would be
a great opportunity to provide some thoughts. I will send out an email
after the Fish Committee meeting tomorrow evening to let you know if the issue
will be moved forward for additional discussion or not.
send an email to interested parties in a few minutes, but thought I would let
you guys know first.
of Fish and Wildlife
Region 6 Fish Program
48 Devonshire Road,
Montesano, WA 98563
Posted on Thu, August 6, 2015
by Dave Hamilton