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Calendar for December

1 South Sound General Meeting  

 

Save Our Fish Christmas Party

9 South King County General Meeting    Christmas Party

14 North Kitsap General Meeting

14 Renton General Meeting Annual Tackle Swap

 

14 Sno-King General Meeting Member’s Smoked Salmon Contest

 

15 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting auction/potluck dinner

15 Everett General Meeting

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

21 Whidbey Island General Meeting

21 Bellingham General Meeting

?? Eastside General Meeting

Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

 

 

 

 

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Presidents Message for December

Friends,

Two issues going on. Coastal Hatchery Steelhead being sold at WDFW management plan that will not cut hatchery production but leads to cuts in second biennium. We are pushing for replacement language into the proviso. Next is we have WDFW Commissioners retiring out that were good for hunting and fishing. I think this is the last round if we don't win getting a 2023 fair and balanced commission. 

We need to flood the Governor’s office to select new 2023 WDFW Commissioners. The last 5 appointments have not been in line to support for fishing and hunting. One of the 5 resigned due to pressure from the hunting community. Some of the latest four are being lobbied by the wild fish groups that fought us tooth and nail on the removal of HSRG from the previous WDFW Commission Salmon Policy. Wild fish groups have been suing to stop hatchery production and other anti-fishing and anti-hunting groups are coming in to help. There were recent articles saying that we no longer need hunting to manage game. Really? How has that worked for salmon letting the out-of-control predators continue to feed on them? Pinnipeds have been untouchable for the most part. In 1970, Pinnipeds in Washington state consumed 68 metric tons of Chinook. By 2015, they consumed 625 Metric tons of Chinook per a peer reviewed scientifically accepted paper, one of the Chasco papers. The preservationists are uniting and pushing language that Washington state is changing and no longer need to hunt and fish. They want to change the Commission mandate too. They are working over our commissioners and Governor’s office while we have been mainly silent. They both have to hear from you!

In the beginning HSRG was supposed to save more “wild” fish or natural spawners, but didn’t work. When your boat is sinking it’s time to stop drilling holes. Hatchery production has been being massively cut 160 million Chinook and Coho per year since 1992 up until a few years ago, you can track the orca decline with those hatchery cuts. We lost even more natural spawners.

Preservationists have been the latest appointments to the WDFW Commission filling the previous retired seats. Three more seats expire at the end of 2022. Need to be filled with pro-hunting and pro-fishing to balance it out. Or its checkmate for us! HSRG is going to be tried to push back in with new commissioners. We have been working with our tribes to restore balance. 

Please contact the governor’s office and tell them that we need a fair and balanced commission per RCW 77.04.012

Mandate of department and commission.

“The department shall promote orderly fisheries and shall enhance and improve recreational and commercial fishing in this state”

“The commission shall attempt to maximize the public recreational game fishing and hunting opportunities of all citizens,

 

Send emails to Ruth Musgrave, cc the rest of them on your email. This is the time to not be picking sides of fishers or hunters you are on as we are all going to fail if we don't. It will be over for us.

 

Dear Ms. Musgrave,

Please restore fairness and balance to the WDFW commission by appointing Brian Blake, Ron Warren, and Steve Parker.

ruth.musgrave@gov.wa.gov

 

cc these below

jay.inslee@gov.wa.gov

ambar.algera@gov.wa.gov,

jamalia.thomas@gov.wa.gov

nick.streuli@gov.wa.gov

kelly.susewind@dfw.wa.gov,

Ron Garner President PSA    

Point Nopoint Fiasco

Pod cast on Ocra Whales with Butch Smith from Coho Charters   

Article on Salmon and Dams    

Protecting Washington’s Yelloweye Rockfish

Rockfish Identification Flyer    

Video - Rockfish are back!!

Did you know that some yelloweye rockfish that are here today were Washington residents before it became a state in 1889? They have been and continue to be an important part of our heritage.

Halibut and bottomfish fishing have also been a part of Washington’s culture for hundreds of years. Many generations of fishermen have relied on halibut and bottomfish for food and recreation.

Fishery Management

A recent stock assessment indicates that the yelloweye rockfish population has declined over 80% from its initial level.  As a result, immediate action must be taken if the stocks of these long-lived fish are to be rebuilt. 

To rebuild yelloweye rockfish populations, the harvest opportunities for this species must be severely curtailed.  In recent years, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has set yelloweye rockfish harvest levels for all commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries combined for California, Oregon, and Washington of about 17 metric tons (mt). This number includes yelloweye rockfish that are discarded at sea.

The Washington recreational harvest target is about 2.7 mt (fewer than 1,000 fish) in coastal waters.  To put this in perspective, in 2001, the Washington recreational fishery harvested 15 mt.

Halibut Fishery in Jeopardy

Yelloweye rockfish, in general, are harvested during the Washington recreational halibut fishery.  If the yelloweye rockfish catch is projected to exceed 2.7 mt, then Pacific ocean waters adjacent to Washington outside 25 fathoms will be closed to recreational bottomfish fishing (including halibut). 


 

If yelloweye rockfish cannot be avoided when anglers are targeting halibut, then we may have to close recreational halibut fishing in the future to protect yelloweye rockfish.  Because the yelloweye rockfish stock may not be rebuilt for over 100 years, the problem of managing the yelloweye fishery will continue through our lifetime; however, you have the ability to help save the halibut fishery now and preserve the yelloweye resource for the future.

Yelloweye Rockfish Facts:

  • Live to be 120 years old
  • Range extends from Mexico to Alaska
  • Found in deeper, rocky bottom areas
  • Slow growing,low productive species
  • Reddish-orange in color with bright yelloweye
  • Commonly called "red snapper"
  • Often spend their entire lifetime on one rockpile

How You Can Help

  • If you are participating in the recreational halibut or bottomfish fishery, please avoid areas that are known to have yelloweye rockfish.
  • If you do accidentally catch a yelloweye, please return to the water s soon as possible.
  • Help spread the word to others about the severity of the yelloweye rockfish depleted population and the possible consequences of not avoiding yelloweye areas
  • If you do not know what areas may have yelloweye rockfish, please consult a local resort, motel, or charter office or other expert before fishing

Great rockfish recompression video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiZFghwVOyI

 

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Port Of Edmonds Administration Office rear of building at the top of stairs

336 Admiral Way

Edmonds, WA 98020

 

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