UPDATE & RANT TIME ( again )
Thought I would take a minute to catch up on a few things and answer some questions that have been thrown my way. So let us start with the CR 102 link and where we are. The so called public hearing on the WAC was at Region 6 offices in Montesano April 9th and now must be adopted by the WDF&W Commission. Now normally this would pretty much finish off the scheduled process link but not this year. With the 14 day Non Treaty Tangle Net season put in at NOF by Region 6 staff ( with Director Anderson's approval ) it requires WDF&W to utilize a supplemental WAC as it the changes meet the threshold of " substantial changes " or to put it another way they have to more or less back up half way and redo. This process is confusing to say the least but I will attempt to get the information out as quickly as possible as events unfold.
Recently one reader of FTC asked how on earth could the WDF&W Commission allow the continuing over harvest of salmon stocks and just plain discrimination toward the inland communities inriver sport fishers. To boil it down in simple terms it started with the loss of Jerry Pavletich the Chehalis Basin's sports fisher voice link in 1994. Followed by WDF&W developing the Grays harbor Management Plan link and the Tier Plan link that implemented the harvest allocations we see now. WDF&W did this in plain sight to be sure but did the average citizen have any idea how the plan would effect them or the fish? Nope, not a chance. Were there objections? Some that I know of but not much to be honest. So back to the Commission and the hard truth. How would they know if no one is objecting? The information the Commission gets is provided by agency staff link so just how would the Commissioners would the know of the magnitude of the problem? As hard as it is to accept we ( and that includes myself ) let it happen.
On June 6, 2012 I wrote the Commissioners objecting to the the process and conservation issues within the Chehalis Basin. link After several months and not getting a response on December 1, 2012 I again addressed the issue to the Commissioners and on March 8, 2013 Commission Chair Miranda Wecker responded. link That is the good news, that they responded. The bad news? Pretty much more of the same but that Commissioner Wecker took the time to respond I did appreciate.
So it is April and up and down the Chehalis Basin citizens are objecting to the WDF&W Region 6 management of the Chehalis Basin, loudly. Do not think for a minute they will throw in the towel but this thing is far from done. To the many volunteering their time and support keep at it! For my part I will continue my efforts in the courts link to obtain public documents and add them to the Fishileaks library so all can see the true picture of how WDF&W makes the decisions that effect the citizens and salmon resource in the Chehalis Basin.
I would urge all who visit D's Rants to do the contact bit and I will add your name to the contact list so whenever we have something interesting posted you can be notified.
Posted on Thu, April 11, 2013
by Dave Hamilton