OK this is a notice for a couple of meetings for the Willapa commercial trap that WDF&W is moving with. Kinda controversial for some folks.

July 5, 2017

The Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy (C- 36 22) seeks to achieve conservation and restoration of wild salmon in Willapa Bay and avoid ESA designation of any salmon species. While conservation of salmon species within Willa pa Bay is the paramount objective of the policy, the policy also seeks to maintain the economic well-being and stability of both recreational and commercial fisheries within Willapa Bay. Under Guiding Principle #4, the Department is to investigate and promote the development and implementation of alternative selective gear to provide an opportunity to target fishery harvests on abundant hatchery fish stocks, reduce the number of hatchery-origin fish in natural spawning areas, limit mortalities on non-target species and stocks, and provide commercial fishing
opport unities .

The Department filed a CR-101 (WSR 17-13-047) through the Rule Making process for an experimental fishery in Willa pa Bay with the use of a floating fish trap in 2017.

The Department will hold two meetings (advisory and public) to discuss and solicit public input regarding the rules (CR-102) that will govern the experimental fishery through the Rule Making p rocess .

Meeting dates and times are as follows:

Willapa Bay Advisory Group Meeting
July 19, 2017
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montesano Regional Office

Willapa Bay Public Meeting
July 20, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Montesano City Hall

If you have any questions, please contact Annette Hoffmann by phone #360.249.1201 or email Annette.Hoffmann@dfw.wa.gov
Dazed and confused.............the fog is closing in