Here is the latest from WDF&W on tomorrows meeting in Raymond on the Willapa Management Plan. As always I urge all to participate.

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to give you an update on where we are with regards to the Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy development and the public meeting on Saturday so you can plan accordingly.

As most of you are aware, our contractor fell behind on development of a Willapa Bay specific AHA model, and this has put a bump in the road for us. Late yesterday, a handful of preliminary Chinook options were put through the model by the contractor. We have not yet seen those option results nor had any time to review them to ensure they are correct. Options have not been run through coho nor chum yet either. As such, we are not prepared to discuss an evaluation of the options on Saturday. We still believe that Saturday can be productive however. Our tentative agenda is:

1. 60 minutes: AHA model presentation by Andy Appleby (this would be similar to what Andy presented to at the Ad-Hoc meeting).

2. 30 minutes: Review of 6 options to be reviewed with AHA. Specifically, what did we choose to run for a “recreational option” and a “commercial option”.

3. 30 minutes: Review of the current draft policy.

4. 60 minutes: Public input.


Steve Thiesfeld
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Region 6 Fish Program Manager
48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563
Dazed and confused.............the fog is closing in