Here are the hearing date & times for the GH & Willapa CR 102's for those not on the distribution list.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Notice of Proposed Rule Making

In an effort to reduce unnecessary printing costs and help protect our environment, we are asking those interested in viewing the CR-102 and proposed WAC changes to access it electronically at the following web site, where it can be viewed or downloaded

2016 North of Falcon Rulemaking - Recreational Salmon Fishery - Coastal Freshwater

A public hearing will be held in accordance with RCW 34.05.325 on June 21, 2016 at the Region 6 Montesano Office in the large conference room, 48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563.

June 21, 2016 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.:
WAC 220-310-180 – Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules – Coast,
WAC 220-16-220 – Geographical definitions – Willapa Bay, and
WAC 220-56-185 – Marine Area Codes.
Contact Rules Coordinator to provide written comments by June 21, 2016

2016 North of Falcon Rulemaking - Recreational Salmon Fishery

A public hearing will be held in accordance with RCW 34.05.325 on June 24, 2016 in the Natural Resources Building, Room 172, 1111 Washington St. SE Olympia, WA 98501.

June 24, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:
WAC 232-28-620 Coastal salmon – Saltwater seasons and daily limits (Marine Areas in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor) and
WAC 220-55-220 Two-pole endorsement
Contact Rules Coordinator to provide written comments by June 24, 2016

In case you are unable to or do not wish to attend the public hearing you may submit written comments to: Rules Coordinator via mail at: WDFW Enforcement 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091, via e-mail: or via fax: (360) 902-2155.

If you would like an email copy or need a printed copy of the proposed rules, please send a request
to: or call (360) 902-2700.

Please be aware – if you open the attached Excel files on a Mac, the file will not load properly. It may appear that it does open correctly but there will be cells and data missing that you won’t notice.

And then this which is the briefing given the Commission early on this year.

Meeting dates: March 24, 2016
Agenda item: Grays Harbor Salmon Management

Ron Warren, Assistant Director, Fish Program Jim Scott, Special Assistant, Director’s Office Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager
Background summary:
1) The purpose of the Grays Harbor Basin Salmon Management policy is to advance the conservation and restoration of wild salmon. Where consistent with this conservation objective, the policy also seeks to maintain or enhance the economic well-being and stability of the fishing industry in the state, and provide the public with outdoor recreational experiences and a fair distribution of fishing opportunities throughout the Grays Harbor Basin.
2) The policy includes a risk control provision that presumptively limits the impacts of WDFW-managed fisheries to 5% if a spawner goal has not been achieved for 3 of the last 5 years.
3) The forecasted return of 19,503 Chinook salmon to the Chehalis River in 2016 is more than twice the spawner goal. Despite this large predicted return, the risk control provision, if applied without any flexibility, would limit fishery impacts for WDFW– managed fisheries to 5%.
4) The Department evaluated potential adaptive management actions that would relax the 5% risk control provision but still result in a high likelihood of achieving the spawner goal.
5) Preliminary analysis indicates that an 85% probability of achieving the spawner goal could be maintained with a 8% nontreaty harvest rate, and a 77% probability of achieving the spawner goal could be maintained with a 12% nontreaty harvest rate.
6) A key assumption of the analysis is that the Quinault tribal fishery will be managed to achieve 50% of the harvestable number of Chinook salmon as determined by the preseason forecast of abundance.

Additional information is provided in the attached briefing paper.
Policy issue(s) you are bringing to the Commission for consideration:
During the North of Falcon preseason planning process, the Department proposes to explore adaptively managing the state-managed Grays Harbor fishery to provide a high likelihood of achieving the Chehalis Chinook salmon spawner goal and providing a limited recreational Chinook fishery with a target harvest rate of 8%-10%.
Public involvement process used and what you learned:

Action requested:
Public input and Fish and Wildlife Commission discussion of proposed adaptive management actions.
Draft motion language:
Justification for Commission action:
Communications Plan:
Adaptive management proposal will be discussed with stakeholders during the North of Falcon preseason fishery planning process.

Edited by Rivrguy (06/02/16 10:14 AM)
Dazed and confused.............the fog is closing in