THE GRAYS HARBOR ADVISORY BOARD
I was recently appointed to the Grays Harbor Advisory Board which is made of citizens representing both commercial and sport interest that advises Region 6 on harvest structuring. So last night was the first meeting and was pretty much a get to know / ground rules type of meeting. As someone not familiar with the process I thought Region 6 Fish Program staff did a descent job laying the groundwork for the processes to follow.
That said as a newby to the GH Advisory group a couple of things came out that are worth mentioning. First is the information distributed at the meetings and the notes can ( and will ) be made public. A shift but not a 8.0 shaker. Fishing The Chehalis will post the information obtained for the entire 2013 North of Falcon process as it becomes available.
Now this is a change as I see it. Staff outlined the public meetings requirements of the different advisory groups and those that applied to the GH Advisory Group. The members of the public have the right to attend GH Advisory Group meetings and observe, key word observe. The public can NOT participate in the processes or discussions just OBSERVE. If anyone has a desire to set in and observe by all means do so as it is a public process concerning a public resource. That said I would urge you to give Region 6 staff the courtesy of letting them know in advance you are going to attend to insure the facilities utilized can accommodate everyone.
So the dance begins.
Posted on Fri, February 1, 2013
by Dave Hamilton