WILLAPA OPTION

WILLAPA OPTION

Hi all,

Many have asked what do I think about the Willapa Management Plan effort underway. Well a bit chaotic is a understatement and additionally so far the public has had little input into the process at this point. I admit it can be, is, and will continue to be confusing to most. WDF&W staff have attempted to get information out ( a lot of it ) but I do not think they fully understood how to make it understandable to the average citizen.

Below is  my view of a modified 1B for all to look at and think about / kick the crap out of / use as a starting point.

Dave

Option 1B

 

Synopsis:  Differences from WDF&W Option 1B are highlighted in purple.

 

  • Shift primary Chinook designation from Naselle River to Willapa River

  • Shift Chinook production from Forks Creek Hatchery to Naselle Hatchery

  • Time and area priorities per guidance

  • Commercial fisheries begin 10/1

  • Commercial limited to only 2 days per week in 2T and 2U beginning 10/1

  • No directed commercial chum fisheries until spawner goal achieved three out of five years. ( beginning  2010)

 

 

Policy Component

Proposal

Species Priority

· Chinook: Recreational priority with no commercial fishery through October 1.

· Coho, Chum: Commercial priority.

Area Priority

· Areas 2T, 2U: Recreational priority with no commercial fishery through October 1;

· WDFW-managed commercial gillnet fisheries in the aggregate area areas 2T, 2U,2M, 2N, 2R & 2P shall be scheduled, if possible, so that in any given calendar week there are a minimum of five consecutive days when no state-managed commercial fisheries occur.

· Areas 2M, 2N, 2R & 2P: Commercial fisheries after October 1 scheduled to meet conservation objectives.

Chinook Primary Populations

Willapa River & North River

Hatchery Production

Hatchery

Chinook

Coho

Chum

Forks

0.4M

0.3M

0.3M

Nemah

3.3M

-

0.3M

Naselle

3.3M

1.4M

0.3M

Chum Streamside Incubation Boxes

200,000 (current)

Chum Fishery Management

No commercial fisheries Oct. 15-31 until spawner goal achieved 2 consecutive years. If the number of natural-origin spawners was less than the goal in 3 out of the last 5 years (beginning in 2010), the Department shall implement the following measures:

 

 

a) The predicted fishery impact for Chum in WDFW-managed fisheries in the Willapa Harbor & tributary streams will not exceed 5% of the adult return to Willapa Harbor.