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
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
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
“The department shall
promote orderly fisheries and shall enhance and improve recreational and
commercial fishing in this state”
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,
fairness and balance to the WDFW commission by appointing Brian Blake, Ron
Warren, and Steve Parker.
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
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.
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
Reddish-orange in color with bright yelloweye
Commonly called "red snapper"
Often spend their entire lifetime on one rockpile
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
Help spread the word to others about the severity of
the yelloweye rockfish depleted population
and the possible consequences of not avoiding yelloweye
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