In a nutshell the new CR102 REDUCES commercial time from 14 days spread over the entire Hump/Chehalis estuary using std gillnet mesh and condenses the fishery to 7 days prosecuted ENTIRELY on the Chehalis side with small mesh "tangle" nets.
The old schedule which was approved at NOF on March 29 was as follows
Five 24-hr days in 2C (Hump estuary) on Aug 20, 24, 28, 30, and Sept 6.
Eight 12-hr days in 2A/2D (Chehalis estuary) on Oct 1, 2, 12, 14, 19, 20, 22, 24.
One 24-hr day in 2A/2D on Oct 21
Well those are the proposed days that were revised in the text of the CR102 filed y'day. As I was typing my post, my 50 yr old brain kept telling my fingers, "Damn, I remember something more along the lines of 14 days on the Chehalis side"
Not sure how I managed to remember that, but hey.... the ol' noggin' was right!
I took an iPhone image of the final package (in Excel format) that was approved at NOF on March 29, and here it is...
As you can see, Region 6 was ready to go with a 14 day package on the Chehalis side.... and that doesn't count the 5 days on the Hump side. So a total of 19 days has been reduced to only 7.
Count our blessings?
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone." (Zane Grey)
"If you don't kill them, they will spawn." (Carcassman)