For those interested about Willapa this came in from the Advocacy. Now this is about 2015 but is still relevant.
May 12, 2017

To: Interested Parties

Re: Willapa Bay Gillnetters Association v. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

A hearing on the state's motion to dismiss the Willapa Bay Gillnetters Association suit challenging the 2015 season is scheduled for Friday, May 19th at 1:30 PM before Thurston County Judge James Dixon. The Advocacy and the CCA have intervened on behalf of concerned citizens. Advocacy attorney Joe Frawley will be present representing the two co-intervenors. The majority of the effort will come from the Attorney General's Office who represents WDFW. For those who would like to attend, the address is 1100 Deschutes Pkwy SW, Olympia WA 98502. Mapquest directions are here.,-122.91026

The primary argument by the WBGA is the season set during the North of Falcon process was influenced by the Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy adopted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission and as a result, the economic value to the gillnet fleet of the season did not rise to an appropriate level. Another claim of the WBGA is no conservation concerns are in play in WB as all stocks are "healthy".

The judge may or may not issue a ruling from the bench that day. Granting the state's motion to dismiss would effectively stand down the suit subject to any appeal of that decision. A decision to not grant the motion would result in the case being scheduled for trial at a future date.


Tim Hamilton
Twin Harbors Fish & Wildlife Advocacy
Dazed and confused.............the fog is closing in