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President Ron Garner needs your help to kill some harmful bills.

 

NO NO NO to Power Grab of WDFW and 3rd Party oversight of our Salmon Policies!!!!! The Governor's office, Senate, and House are all trying to gain power over WDFW.

Thank you for helping us with these bills. These bills are to take over WDFW.  If taken over by any branch of state government, you will see HSRG reimplemented. That will block our new hatchery policy that we fought very hard for. When administration changes, i.e., Governor, House, or Senate, which can happen every 4 years, is going to change WDFW's direction. WDFW will become a political pawn at our expense. The way it is structured now, it does not have to bend to new legislators or governor. It works on its own. It just needs to be run like a commission with quality appointees and fully staffed so it can function properly. 

Our new win of increased hatchery production is under attack! We worked very, very hard with WDFW Commissioners and Washington State Treaty tribes to push HSRG out of our state salmon policy. This came out with the new WDFW Commission Hatchery Policy C-3624. Now there is a second Washington State Joint Co-Manager Salmon Policy that will become the supreme policy for our state.  This was a giant victory for us. The anti-hatchery type organizations that lost their perpetual funding machine and control of salmon management are in high gear, to remove WDFW’s power. Inside the new Governors Salmon Strategy, while there is good in it, it has language that reinstalls a third-party override on our salmon policy. It puts WSAS (Washington State Academy of Sciences) in charge as the overall Salmon managers.  HSRG/WSAS types have engaged the leaders of Senate Natural Resources, House Natural Resources, and Governor’s office to take away our voice that allowed us to make the new hatchery policy. Hatchery production will be increased where possible under ESA and Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMP). This new policy is now in jeopardy.

Bills being produced in the legislature are to squash WDFW and rewrite their own salmon policy. Senate Bill SB5721 neuters the WDFW Commission by making them advisory only. The director falls under the Commissioner of Public lands. The Commission is your voice for WDFW, which was established by vote under Referendum 45. This was by the will of the people. Yes, there are current problems with the WDFW Commission as it has not been fully staffed in quite some time. That falls on the governor’s office for not staffing it. There is SB 5661 being produced to fill those seats if the Governor does not do that. While there is a lot of emotion around WDFW and the Commission, it is still our best and only avenue to WDFW.
The Commission process was how we removed the HSRG/third party over our salmon policies. Now they want to remove our win of increased hatchery production and silence us. The new Governors Salmon Strategy and some senate and house bills, want to put the Washington Academy of Sciences in power. They are loyal HSRG fans but are known for not being hatchery friendly. We need your help to stop these damaging bills that will result in decreased hatchery production. They are SB5721 (Powergrab of WDFW), SB5656 (if the senate does not confirm WDFW Commissioners within one year, they are removed. Senate is the one that confirms them giving them the ability to hold a hammer over their head. They get their cake and eat it too!) and House bill HB1653 (3rd Party over writing WDFW And Tribes)

Bills being produced in the legislature are to squash WDFW and rewrite their own salmon policy. Senate Bill SB5721 neuters the WDFW Commission by making them advisory only. The director falls under the Commissioner of Public lands. The Commission is your voice for WDFW, which was established by vote under Referendum 45. This was by the will of the people. Yes, there are current problems with the WDFW Commission as it has not been fully staffed in quite some time. That falls on the governor’s office for not staffing it. There is SB 5661 being produced to fill those seats if the Governor does not do that. While there is a lot of emotion around WDFW and the Commission, it is still our best and only avenue to WDFW.
The Commission process was how we removed the HSRG/third party over our salmon policies. Now they want to remove our win of increased hatchery production and silence us. The new Governors Salmon Strategy and some senate and house bills, want to put the Washington Academy of Sciences in power. They are loyal HSRG fans but are known for not being hatchery friendly. We need your help to stop these damaging bills that will result in decreased hatchery production. They are SB5721 (Powergrab of WDFW), SB5656 (if the senate does not confirm WDFW Commissioners within one year, they are removed. Senate is the one that confirms them giving them the ability to hold a hammer over their head. They get their cake and eat it too!) and House bill HB1653 (3rd Party over writing WDFW And Tribes)

Please click on these links and sign on as OPPOSED to stop the damaging bills. We just worked with Senator Maria Cantwell and others to get us $400 Million for increased hatchery production. We also spent two years on the Orca Task Force proving that we are in need of more salmon to feed the Orcas. NOAA listened, as did WDFW, and Washington State. They are currently putting together increased hatchery production policies to feed the Orcas. This could all be in jeopardy under these bills and the Governors Salmon Strategy.


Below. Bill number and the link for you to go in and fill it in. click on opposed and then put in a comment. 

SB5721 https://app.leg.wa.gov/PBC/bill/5721 Oppose. We do not agree with removing and replacing WDFW commission authority with another agency. Power should remain as is, with ability to hear from the voice of the people. This is a takeover of WDFW and against the will of the people. Referendum 45 was voted in, in 1995 by 61% for the public to have access to WDFW. Removing this avenue is against our will. The commissioners are to have control of the WDFW director and its policies. Please kill  this bill.
https://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5721.pdf?q=20220116182834

SB5656 https://app.leg.wa.gov/PBC/bill/5656 Oppose. Do not allow senate control over commissioners. If senate disagrees with them, they can withhold confirmation for their year and they will automatically be removed due to senate non confirmation.

See the bill for yourself:
https://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5665.pdf?q=20220116182930

HB1653 https://app.leg.wa.gov/PBC/Bill/1653 Oppose. Allows 3rd party override of Salmon policies. We have been there and it was detrimental to our salmon recovery. Please kill this bill.
https://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1653.pdf?q=20220116183018

House Bill 2027 added for those that already sent in from the previous Voter Voice.
Is a restructure/governance of WDFW and possibly eliminate the WDFW Commission. This is another giant power grab and to bring back HSRG.


>From the bill:
"The legislature intends to convene a task force to provide recommendations to the legislature for the establishment of a new governance structure for the department of fish and wildlife, including restructuring or potentially eliminating the fish and wildlife commission."

Oppose this bill. Sample language you may use or read the bill and make your own:
This possible restructure or elimination of the Commission is a take away of the peoples right to public access to our WDFW/Commission that was established by vote in 1995 by Referendum 45 and passed by 61%.

We do not want government taking away the voice of the people. We need to stay with the Commission and its mandate to honor it as written. Please kill this bill.

Link to comment on bill:  https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/2027  
Bill text: https://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2027.pdf?q=20220118073439

This has to be done! It is a full-blown takeover to our hunting and fishing.

Yes, there is a lot of controversary with WDFW, but we are fighting to try to keep our fisheries in tact and start to go the other way with them. We do not want to see any government taking away our voice and access to WDFW. Please help us.

If any branch of government takes over WDFW, you will see HSRG reimplemented.  Also when there is an administration change in Governor, House, or Senate, which can happen every 4 years, is going to change how WDFW operates or is given its direction. WDFW would be a political pawn in a chess game at our expense. The way it is structured now it does not have to bend to new legislators or governor. It flows on its own

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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