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Calendar for December

Dec 2 South Sound General Meeting  Christmas Party

 Dec 4 Save Our Fish Christmas Party

 East Jefferson General Meeting

Dec Gig Harbor General Meeting None

 Renton General Meeting

 North Kitsap General Meeting

 Sno-King General Meeting

 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

 South King County General Meeting 

 Everett General Meeting

 Bellingham General Meeting

 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

 Eastside General Meeting  

Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

Lower Columbia Chapter  

 

 

 

 

 

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Presidents Message for December 2021

Thanks to all that attended the State Board meeting on Oct 2. We have another one on December 11 and it will be via Zoom. 

I am attaching Dave Croonquists minutes as Brad had internet difficulties and in the end could not get on. Please look through the minutes and get back to us with comments/changes. 

An update from me is that I resigned out of the NOAA federal steering committee. This was not a position that would help our PNW. With the lawsuits going on right now on our fish, my time needs to be devoted to stopping anti-fishing and anti hatchery lawsuits and increasing opportunity for us. We have been working on getting hatchery production increased at the federal level for some time and not just state. I had a call while I was in Mexico from our fisheries leader for Cantwell's office and also Murray refers to her when fishing issues arise. My last long phone call I had with her was going over NW salmon fisheries. At one point she asked for mine and Butch Smiths Christmas list as she is now in the commerce department and wanted to help us. I told her first and foremost hatchery production increases! Then help on the Stilly. Mind you she is a very busy woman dealing with every facet of the U.S. now. But she fought hard in the new budget and got us $400 million dollars for our PNW for hatcheries and hatchery production! Huge win for us and a big thank you to her office. This is where these long term relationships get us. I have had to use her many times to fix federal fisheries for us which she has done. The nice thing is our fingerprints are not on them.   

Dave Croonquist has included Andy Walgomatts article on the WDFW Commissioners appointments (at the end of the minutes) being staffed with the non consumptive users. This is not going to be in hunting and fishing's favor in the future is this trend continues. 

 

We just had the final spring bear hunt vote whether to continue or not on the commission. I have to say I was surprised by the vote being 4-4 so the hunt is not going to happen in 2022. 

4 against- Carpenter, Baker, Koontz, and Smith 

4 to keep the hunt- Anderson, McIsaac, Thorburn, and Linville 

We still are missing the 9th Eastern Washington Commissioner that would be the tie breaker.

Upcoming news. The beginning of next week will be the election of the WDFW Commission chair and also the NWIFC Commission chair election. I am hoping that one of my dear tribal friends that works with us takes Lorraine Loomis spot as the new chair. She is pro fishing and hunting and we have a great relationship with her. I was asked not to lead out her name at this time. 

 

Going back to the chair of the WDFW Commission, I had always assumed that the chair sets the agenda and if there was something that the other members wanted to put on there that the chair could stop that from happening. 

After a talk with some of the other commissioners it sounds like this is not true and they cannot find this anywhere. This is interesting. I would like to know the exact language on this as this has been done in the past. 

Supposedly the chair approves the agenda and runs the meetings. The agenda is built by the commissioners. Interesting. 

 

Please take a look at the attached minutes and get back with Brad or I on the corrections. 

Next board meeting will be: 

elections for state board officers

set the meeting dates for 2022

discuss the 2023 budget

Puyallup show staffing-Seattle Boat Show as canceled for PSA. 

 

Thank you and see you on the zoom meeting on Dec 11.

 

Ron Garner

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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PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

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Start Time is 9:00am

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

336 Admiral Way

Edmonds, WA 98020

 

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