So what we have next is the scope of work for workshops on commercial release mortalities. If you do not like C&P's not much I can do to help you with that as this & the next ( along with a previous post ) are the processes to reform the harvest model.



Scope of Work
Mortality Rates for Salmon Released in Commercial Fisheries in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay
Draft February 19, 2014

Task: The Independent Fishery Scientist Panel (IFSP) shall provide recommendations on the release mortality rates to be used in the preseason planning of commercial salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay. In reaching these recommendations, the types of information that the IFSP shall rely upon shall include the following:
Fishery rules codified in the Washington Administrative Code.
Reports and publications on release mortality rates in Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, and in other locations with similar fisheries.
Fishery data including encounter rates, harvest rates, and the condition of Chinook salmon released.
Environmental data including water temperature and salinity.
Fisher behavior and compliance with rules.

IFSP Report: The IFSP final report will address the following questions and include the rationale for each response:

1) What are the recommended mortality rates for Chinook and chum salmon released in the fisheries described in Table 1 and with fishers complying with the applicable rules and the practices described in the Fish Friendly workshops?

Table 1. Fishery locations, time periods, gear, and WACs for consideration by the IFSP.

Fishery Location Time Period Gear Rules
Grays Harbor (areas 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D) Weeks 40-48 Gillnet, 6 1/2 maximum mesh WAC 220-36-023
Grays Harbor (areas 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D) Weeks 40-48 Tangle net, 4 maximum mesh WAC 220-36-023
Willapa Bay (areas 2M-2T) Mid-August through mid-September Gillnet, 9 maximum mesh WAC 220-40-021
WAC 220-40-027
Willapa Bay (areas 2M2T) Mid-September through October 31 Gillnet, 6 maximum mesh WAC 220-40-021
WAC 220-40-021

2) For these same fisheries, what are the recommended mortality rates for Chinook and chum salmon released taking into consideration actual practices in the fisheries?

3) If any mortality rates differed between your responses to questions 2 and 3, what were the major compliance issues that were the source of this difference?


Process:
February 3-4: Identify candidates for Independent Fishery Scientist Panel (IFSP) (Scott, Hamilton).
February 3-14: Solicit information from the commercial fishing industry relevant to the mortality rates for salmon released from commercial fisheries (Scott)
February 3-14: Compile information relevant to the mortality rates for salmon released from commercial fisheries (Scott, Hamilton).
February 5 7: Contact candidates for IFSP and determine availability (Scott).
February 10: Select IFSP members (Scott, Hamilton).
February 11-14: Complete contracts for IFSP members (Scott).
February 19: Provide questions, schedule, and information package to IFSP (Scott).
February 26: Conduct workshop with presentations to the IFSP (Scott, Hamilton).
March 14: IFSP provides draft report.
March 19: Comments provided to IFSP (Scott, Hamilton)
March 26: IFSP provides final report.
March 28: IFSP final report posted to Department website.

Workshop Format
1) The workshop will be conducted in Olympia on February 26, General Administration Building, Auditorium, 2PM.
2) The length of the workshop will be approximately 3 hours, with the following format:
Introduction (10 minutes)
Technical presentations (20 minutes Department; 20 minutes technical representative from nonprofit organization; 20 minutes technical representative from commercial fishing industry)
IFSP questions and answers (60 minutes)
Public comments (30 minutes, 3 minutes maximum per commenter)
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