The LONG and winding road has finally led to a BIG win for the fish and for the rec community in Grays Harbor.

Key conservation provisions of the GHMP unanimously passed by the commission today:

1) Secured a 3 consecutive days/wk net-free escapement window

2) Must meet escapement goals for each stock at least 3 out of the 5 previous years in order to have directed fishing on that stock. Else manage for a NT impact of 5%.

3) Affirmed that Hump and Chehalis sub-basins shall be managed as distinct and separate drainages

4) Chehalis fall kings are allocated 0.8% to the state nets at low abundance to 5.8% at high abundance on a linear sliding scale between run sizes of 18K to 25K. For clarity, the comm share slides from about 2% up to 27% of the total state share.

5) Humptulips fall kings will fall under similar provisions starting at 1.2% at the low end and 5.6% (memory may be a bit shaky on that upper number)

A HUGE step forward in improving the management of Grays Harbor.

I'll post the official link to the policy when its up on the web.
"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)

The Keen Eye MD
Long Live the Kings!