NOF WILLAPA MOVING

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 bid.

Willapa Bay NOF Public Workshop #1

(APA record testimony to immediately follow)

March 25th 6 pm to 8 pm Raymond Elks

APA Process Review Forecast

Management Objectives Management Plan Implementation Fishery suggestions

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 prohibited.

TROUT First Sat. in June-Last day in Feb. Min. size 14". Daily

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.









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