Reseach Or Another Ruse?
The E mail below is notification of a " research " fishery in Willapa along with
the attachment which is the flyer for commercials. Do I see anything wrong with
it? Not really except for this itty bitty thing. This was the same thing Ron
Warren & Kirt Hughes did a bit back in 2T with five or so boats and then
wella next year the entire commercial fleet was put in to 2T. So take it with a
grain of salt as not being honest is a long standing tradition with WDF&W
staff. Oh yes almost forgot. WDF&W staff DO NOT regard the withholding of
information that would lead one to the correct impression rather than the one
they would like you to have as being dishonest so your choice here. From my seat
I think Steve is being forthright but remember he is only a phone call or e mail
from a superior and wella everything put out is BS. So I will run with it but
with this disclaimer. What is written below IS NOT the whole story and let us
wait and see how long it takes for them to put out the whole
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has been interested in
advancing the use of alternative, selective commercial fishery gear throughout
the state. During this year’s North of Falcon meetings, we received 2 requests
for the ability to fish with traps in Willapa Bay. Under current state law, the
agency cannot issue permits for traps except under an “experimental” or
“emerging” fishery. There is a fair bit of work to implement these types of
fisheries and I have been unable to complete that work this
However, we still have an opportunity to gather some useful
information from this year. One piece of information that would be helpful to
collect for moving forward with selective gear, is the wild to hatchery ratio
and stock composition in the area with the highest production of hatchery
Chinook, the Nemah River. To that end, the Department is seeking to collect that
data from Chinook around the mouth of the Nemah River. This research project is
certainly a small step towards understanding how alternative gear could fish in
Willapa Bay. But it is a positive step.
The Department will be seeking
interest from commercial fishers to collect Chinook in the area east of a line
from Needle Point to Ramsey Point, very near the mouth of the Nemah River. We
will be conducting this project on Friday, September 12th from 5 am to 5 pm. The
project will be conducted by one boat only. That boat will utilize small mesh
gill net gear to collect Chinook. All unmarked Chinook will be placed in a
recovery box and released. The project will cease if 20 unmarked Chinook are
captured (and released). A WDFW employee will be on board as an
We are seeking interest from commercial fishers and will
randomly select one fisher from qualified fishers that express interest. Please
see the attached document for more details. Interested fishers should contact
myself or Ron Warren ((360) 902-2799) by noon on Thursday, September
I realize that this is very short notice and that most of the
commercial fleet is on the water as I type this. I apologize for the rush. Feel
free to share among the interested parties. I look forward to folks support as
we move forward and make at least a small step towards selective gears. We did
have an opportunity to discuss this proposal with the Willapa Bay Salmon
Advisors and received the support of those that were part of the
Please call if you have any
Nemah Research Project
The Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking a commercial gillnet fisher to take part in a
research project for salmon at the mouth of the Nemah River in a limited portion
of Willapa Bay.
Due to the number of fish returning to the Nemah River,
the department can conduct this research project in waters that historically
have been closed to fishing.
WDFW is using this opportunity to better
understand the salmon stock composition for the area east of a line from Needle
Point to Ramsey Point. A portion of this area has been closed to commercial
fishing for an extended period.
A WDFW observer, who will accompany the
commercial fisher, will note whether each fish caught is a hatchery or wild
salmon, take scale samples to determine age, and collect coded wire tags.
Commercial fishers will need to use shorter and shallower gill nets
suitable for fishing in shallow waters. This may include shallower draft boats.
The research project will be conducted up to 12 hours, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Friday, September 12 or until a maximum of 20 wild fish are encountered.
Interested fishers should contact Ron Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org with their
proposals by September 11, noon 12 p.m., or if fishers have questions you can
contact Ron at (360) 902-2799.
Posted on Wed, September 10, 2014
by Dave Hamilton