last nights Willapa Adviser AD HOC meeting went ............. well it went.
Commercials were having substantial difficulties in getting their arms around
the direction set at Saturday's Commission meeting & HSRG guidelines. On
the Rec said I would say most but not all had the same difficulty just
different points to object to. From the public view I watched a group folks
that were serving as Advisers in this process struggle to comprehend what was
happening. I take that back they had and idea what was happening just little
understanding of why. Hell there were more members in the public section that
have made the meetings and went to the Commission meeting that had a better
grip on direction than the AD HOC!
One last thing and this is a heads up to Willapa fishers ( fresh & marine /
local & Traveling Wilburys ) and the need to pay attention. In the future
all fisheries are going to be governed by Natural Origin Spawners ( NOS ) so
pay attention. Commercial / Rec marine / Rec freshwater will rapidly eat up any
impacts available. There are not enough to go around and this is going to get
mean. So Rec guys realize there needs to be a process that insures that either
marine or fresh water do not take a inappropriate share of the impacts. Hell it
started last night when one adviser did not think a break out was necessary.
Now he fished the marine but believe me I know fresh water locals who are
pretty much bent on similar approaches. So Rec get your bloody house in order
and DO NOT start down the road of one Rec screwing the other Rec, you will ALL
loose in that one.
So here are my notes and remember they are my notes from my perspective.
November 13, 20124 AD HOC Adviser Meeting
Theisfeld ( ST ) opened the meeting.
around the room and ground rules.
out of the door things got side tracked by a Commercial bitching about not
being notified on a Grays Harbor season day.
outlined Commission guidance and process.
outlined that the Commission outlined the "straw dog " options.
outlined direction and HSRG reform.
questions on why concerns on North River Chinook.
on changing from Naselle to Willapa as the primary stream. ( in options )
on "aggregate " of stocks for escapement.
oppose September 15 exclusion in 2T & U or Chinook priority for Rec fishers
and DOWN Hill as we went into a MAJOR bitch session. Ron Warren RW drawn into
*ST declares meeting break. Several Commercials clearing the
moon in one giant leap.
Look at alternate gear / agency would like new ideas.
Commercial objections to the September 15 lock out 2T and need to change the
fish returning run timing.
Commercial opposition to options.
wanted to use this year's season as a option.
limited on catch by WDF&W rules that reduce fishing productivity. Deck is
back to options and what can be done to improve fresh water opportunity.
process on options.
to look at starting fish trap but no response from WDF&W.
gave up 60% of fishable area on Naselle to save Chinook. How's that working?
/ wild no need to separate utilize hatchery fish to make wild escapement.
Commission said YOU WILL implement HSRG.
of discussion on moving Chinook production and managing broodstock.
do we spawn runts?
Does WDF&W guarantee increased production?
Disagree with all options.
seven days a week commercial fisheries.
days in options must be consecutive. Reduce U back to South Bend boat launch.
back from 6 fishable runs to 2.
2T dip in Commercial fishery.
committed to work on additional options.
on how to circulate documents within the AD HOC.
thought on what is written down.
can we make progress this year on expanded Chum eggtake.
Policy draft at home rather than do it line by line at the meeting.
started through the draft Commission Guidelines line by line.
request to redefine 2T and adjoining boundaries. Pretty much a request to do some serious
to guidelines / options Rec marine and fresh water harvest split similar to
to focusing on harvest and hatchery production rather than natural spawners.
of year end review of WDF&W Region 6 staff.
of the new Commission Guidelines & Options electronically and a contact
person so public can put in input prior to staff having its mind made. Clearly
stated this is a public process and if necessary a PDR will be dropped to
insure transparency. No back room deals.
to utilizing hatchery fish to make escapement. Need to concentrate on selective
fisheries to catch fish.
release mortality way to high.
to the past and NOF and Commercial buy back. 48% interception rate exceeds
Magnuson Act guidelines.
I got the Grays Harbor notification and I am not a Commercial so you need to
check your e mail.
back to the Grays Harbor one day addition to season. Commercials still stuck on
no notification. ST " I sent it out by e mail"
Posted on Fri, November 14, 2014
by Dave Hamilton