WILLAPA MANAGEMENT PLAN OPTIONS

WILLAPA MANAGEMENT PLAN OPTIONS

Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy - Options

Draft November 12, 2014

 

Aspirational Objectives

The aspirational objectives describe the suite of outcomes that we will strive to achieve through the development of the policy. They are intended to inspire the development of innovative strategies and promote the assessment of trade-offs between options. They are not entitlements, and it may not be feasible to simultaneously achieve all of the aspirational objectives.

 

Conservation

ChinookAlternative 1

Spawners:                                   Meet Naselle and North spawner goals in 10 years Broodstock Management:   Meet watershed-specific HSRG standards in 10 years

 

ChinookAlternative 2

Spawners:                                   Meet Willapa and North spawner goals in 10 years Broodstock Management:   Meet watershed-specific HSRG standards in 10 years

 

Coho

Spawners:                                   Meet Willapa Bay aggregate goal Broodstock Management:   Meet watershed-specific HSRG standards

 

Chum

Spawners:                                   Meet Willapa Bay aggregate goal in 2017 Broodstock Management:   Meet watershed-specific HSRG standards

 

Recreational Fisheries

25% increase in catch within 5 years relative to 2009-2013 average

 

Commercial Fisheries

$900,000 average ex-vessel value

 

 

Strategies

The strategies describe alternative fishery and hatchery management options.  They will be compared to current management (referred to as the Base) with respect to achieving the aspirational objectives.

 

In the following options, the “A” and “B” sub-options are identical except that the “A” series always has the Naselle and North as Primary Chinook populations and the “B” series always has the Willapa and North as Primary Chinook populations.


 

Synopsis:

 

·         Current hatchery production

·         Time and area priorities per guidance

·         Commercial fisheries begin 9/15

·         Commercial limited to only 2 days per week in 2T and 2U beginning 9/15

·         No directed commercial chum fisheries until spawner goal achieved

 

 

 

Policy Component

Proposal

Species Priority

·         Chinook: Recreational priority with no commercial fishery through Sept. 14.

·         Coho, Chum: Commercial priority.

Area Priority

·         Areas 2T, 2U: Recreational priority with no commercial fishery through Sept. 14; maximum of 2 commercial fishing days/week in remainder of season.

·         Areas 2M, 2N, 2R & 2P: Commercial fisheries after Sept. 14 scheduled to meet conservation objectives.

Chinook Primary Populations

Naselle River & North River(current)

Hatchery Production

Hatchery

Chinook

Coho

Chum

Forks

3.2M

0.3M

0.3M

Nemah

3.3M

-

0.3M

Naselle

0.5M

1.4M

0.3M

Chum Streamside Incubation Boxes

200,000 (current)

Chum Fishery Management

No commercial fisheries Oct. 15-31 until spawner goal achieved


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Synopsis: Differences from Option 1A are highlighted in red.

 

·         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 9/15

·         Commercial limited to only 2 days per week in 2T and 2U beginning 9/15

·         No directed commercial chum fisheries until spawner goal achieved

 

 

 

Policy Component

Proposal

Species Priority

·         Chinook: Recreational priority with no commercial fishery through Sept. 14.

·         Coho, Chum: Commercial priority.

Area Priority

·         Areas 2T, 2U: Recreational priority with no commercial fishery through Sept. 14; maximum of 2 commercial fishing days/week in remainder of season.

·         Areas 2M, 2N, 2R & 2P: Commercial fisheries after Sept. 14 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