SOME ISSUES WITH THE WILLAPA POLICY DRAFT

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.

 

Dave

 

Commissioners,

 

Attached 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.

 

In addition I have been asked by several citizens to directly bring the following issues to the Commission for consideration.

 

Chinook 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.

 

The 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.

 

10 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: Willapa 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.

 

Year 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 the process.

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