NOF WILLAPA MOVING
Well here is the next meeting for Willapa and it is the public input portion of
the NOF process. Now considering the bomb that WDF&W dropped in scrapping
the so called Willapa Management Plan at the Adviser meeting and implementing
new objectives it might be a meeting to attend. There is a lot of doubt out in
the public as WDF&W outlined commercial cut backs but not the rec. Word is
the gillnetters are out recruiting Rep Blake & Senator Hatfield to stop any
reform or reduction in commercial net seasons. Several folks are trying to get
the agency to put forth a meeting notice and a copy of the new Willapa
Objectives for the public to review but so far WDF&W has refused to do so.
Please folks recognize it is not accidental as they are conducting
business as usual out of sight no input no nothing. It would appear WDF&W
and Region 6 have not learned a damn thing in the past two years. One would
think if your going to have a auction ( hidden influence ) on the citizens
salmon seasons they would at least let everyone know the starting
Willapa Bay NOF Public Workshop #1
(APA record testimony to
March 25th 6 pm to 8 pm Raymond Elks
Management Objectives Management Plan Implementation Fishery
Here is another bit that is puzzling. Grays Harbor County has responsibility for settling rules on our rivers as to what is allowed such as horse power, size, ect. In the sport regulation pamphlet it bans power boats on the Humptulips above the 101 bridge but I do not recall the County Commissioners doing that so the question has been asked.
In the 2013 sports pamphlet on page 44 / Humptulips it states:
ALL SPECIES -
Aug. 16-Nov. 30: night closure and single-point barbless hooks required.
Sept. 1-Mar. 31: internal combustion motors
TROUT First Sat. in June-Last day in Feb. Min. size
A number of folks have asked me to research and find
where this regulation in the pamphlet comes from. It is my, and others,
understanding than WDF&W can limit fishing from a boat but it is Grays
Harbor County ( the County Commissioners ) that set boating regulations on
rivers not WDF&W.
So would you please provide the date the county
approved this restriction, the motion ( or whatever is utilized to rise to the
legal standard ) that allowed WDF&W to put in place this restriction.
Posted on Mon, March 24, 2014
by Dave Hamilton