NOF WILLAPA GETTING CLOSE !!!!!

NOF WILLAPA GETTING CLOSE !!!!!

Hi Everyone,

 

Here is the Willapa NOF schedule & Willapa Interim Policy for those who do not have it. Should be interesting to say the least.

 

Dave

 

FROM Steve Theisfeld:

 

As you may recall, we postponed our North of Falcon meetings to discuss salmon seasons for Willapa Bay while we waited for the Fish and Wildlife Commission to provide some interim guidance for 2015.  We are hopeful that guidance will be provided on Thursday.  In preparation for moving forward with Willapa Bay salmon season discussions, we have tentatively scheduled the following meetings:

 

  • Tuesday April 21st, WB advisory Meeting, Raymond High School Library, 6-9pm

  • Thursday April 23rd, WB Public Meeting, Raymond Elks, 6-9pm

  • Tuesday April 28th, WB Advisory Meeting, Raymond High School Library, 6-9pm

  • Thursday April 30th, WB Public Meeting, Raymond Elks, 6-9pm

 

So please mark these dates on your calendars.  Once we have guidance from the Commission, we’ll work to get a news release out (assuming Public Affairs deems it news release worthy).

 

Thank you all for your patience during this process.

 

Cheers.

 

 

Steve Thiesfeld

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Region 6 Fish Program Manager

48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563

Steven.Thiesfeld@dfw.wa.gov

360-249-1201

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

2015 Willapa Bay Salmon Management Interim Guidance

April 9, 2015

 

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 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 mortality rates on Naselle and Willapa River natural-origin Chinook salmon to no more than 14% to initiate rebuilding the number of natural-origin spawners. Within the conservation constraints of the rebuilding program, manage fisheries with the following goals:

 

  • Manage Chinook salmon for an enhanced recreational fishing season to increase participation and/or catch including consideration of increased daily limits, earlier openings, multiple rods, and other measures. 

  • Structure recreational and commercial fisheries (e.g., schedule, location, gear) to minimize gear and other fishery conflicts:

  • Promote the conservation and restoration of Chinook salmon in Willapa Bay by
  • 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.

 

Coho Salmon:

 

Manage fisheries with the goal of achieving the aggregate spawner goal for Willapa Bay natural-origin Coho salmon. Within this conservation constraint , 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.

 

Chum Salmon:

 

Manage fisheries with the 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, manage fisheries with the following goals: 

  • 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.

 

Adaptive Management:

 

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.