Update On Willapa Management Plan Process
From Region 6 and the upcoming Willapa Management Plan redo.
I just wanted to forward this
news release to you reminding folks that the we are beginning the process of a
Fish and Wildlife Commission policy for Willapa Bay salmon.
I’ve heard that some folks are
concerned that this news release doesn’t mention the ad-hoc committee and we
had a previous news release soliciting additional folks for an ad-hoc committee
as we move forward in this process. The “Advisory Committee” meetings
mentioned in the news release are indeed for the Ad-Hoc Committee. I
apologize for that oversight in the wording. If you are an existing
member of the Advisory Committee, you are already on the Ad-Hoc
Committee. Four to five additional people will be added to create
the Ad-Hoc Committee to attend the meetings identified below.
By now, you are probably asking,
“what happened to the folks that applied to the Ad-Hoc Committee”?
I have been running behind on many of my duties and haven’t been able to
get final confirmation of the additional members. I am hopeful that we
will have signed letters of appointment to the selected folks by the end of the
day tomorrow via email. So if you applied, please be patient a little bit
Finally, I want to let folks
know about the Open House. We are trying to prepare information for the
open house and are anticipating a very different arrangement than our normal
public meetings. Our intent is to have numerous stations available for
folks to visit and gather information on salmon and fisheries in Willapa
Bay. My preliminary list of stations would be along the lines of:
Commission Policy that guide salmon management.
Stock status of
salmon in Willapa Bay (abundance and management objectives).
in Willapa Bay and Hatchery Reform principles.
current fisheries in Willapa Bay.
We have had some internal
discussion about the best way to move forward through this process. We
are very concerned that folks are going to move directly to the issue of
allocation. To try and head that off, we asking folks to come to the Open
House prepared to talk about conservation and fishery objectives. What do
you want to see for the bay? Perhaps you feel that we need to accelerate
achieving the spawning goal for natural-origin Chinook. Perhaps you want
to see a particular catch per angler trip in the recreational
fishery. Perhaps you want to see a predictable commercial fishery
schedule. Perhaps a particular economic value of the recreational and/or
commercial fishery. At each station, you will have an opportunity to
provide input, hopefully in the form of objectives, for WDFW to consider as we
move through this process. We will record everyone’s input on flip charts
for all to see.
I hope this clears up any
confusion about the Ad-Hoc Committee and the process of developing a Commission
policy for Willapa Bay salmon. Again, my apologies for the oversight in
the news release and delay in the appointments. If you have any questions,
please feel free to call or email me.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Region 6 Fish Program Manager
48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563
Posted on Thu, October 16, 2014
by Dave Hamilton