SOME ISSUES WITH THE WILLAPA POLICY DRAFT
At the moment here are some of my concerns with the present draft of the Willapa Management Policy. I can send my edits to the policy if anyone wants them but to much to get up on the site in this format.
is the second draft of the Willapa Management Plan circulated by the agency
December 6 with my and others suggested edits. As it already had edits in it
from more than one source with formatting I simply removed the strike outs from
the original draft, retained the changes, and utilized strike outs again and my
edits are in purple.
addition I have been asked by several citizens to directly bring the following
issues to the Commission for consideration.
Hatchery Production: Commissioners I have attempted to get
the Willapa Plan information circulated as far and wide as possible so all
citizens could have the ability to follow and understand the process. HSRG,
pHOS, pNOB, PNI the reading was more than a challenge to most. Again and again
folks came back consistently with questions as to Chinook production in the
Willapa Hatchery Complex.
issue most had difficulty with was this. The Willapa River Basin has a 3.8
hatchery origin spawners ( HOS) to 1 natural origin spawners (NOS ) and the
Forks Creeck hatchery does not have the ability to stop the straying. In the
Naselle River the HOS is 6.57 spawners to 1 NOS and while a weir is present it
has a record of failure in high water events. Many question the rational that
this can be reversed and it is our understanding that the original HSRG
identified this issue and some thought that the Nemah Hatchery was the
appropriate location for hatchery Chinook production as HOS straying and
NOS are not issues on the Nemah. As nearly all the options presented by
staff has had increased Chinook production at Forks Creek And Naselle
Hatcheries rather than Nemah many are questioning the validity of the options
and even rearing Chinook at Forks Creek & Naselle if the production is to
comply with HSRG.
Year Recovery: 10 years is a goal that is not
achievable. In developing broodstock recovery efforts former and present agency
staff suggested and my team utilized 5 generations for any salmon species as the
minimum required to achieve recovery with harvest.
Chum have made escapement 6 in the last 18 years and only 1 in the last 9. The
protections in the agency drafts for Chum are woefully inadequate and I have
proposed additional protection in our suggestions to the policy.
End Report: To maintain transparency a complete and
full evaluation of all elements of the Willapa Management Plan and
harvest for each year is necessary. Additionally the vetting of the
departments performance review by the stake holders should be intricate part of
Posted on Fri, December 12, 2014
by Dave Hamilton