I'm stepping in on this project now.
I emailed Ron and let him know that I would be willing to take a day off of work, drive from Seattle to the Hump, and volunteer a day to help clip coho.
Not only that, but I said I would help facilitate the passing of any information that he or his managers gave to him about the project.
I can guarantee that Joe won't be taking the heat for this next project....he'll just bask in the glory when all said and done!
Here's his Ron's reply to me:"Michael, thank you very much for the email and the offer to assist in the future. I've cc'd Randy Aho, Regional Hatchery Operations Manager, and Ken Isaksson, Hatchery Supervisor for multiple facilities with the Grays Harbor basin.
We have not yet made final decisions whether or not to attempt more volunteer activity this year. Your offer to assist us in communicating accurate timely information is certainly an offer that we will seriously consider accepting in the future. We'll stay in touch with you in coming weeks to communicate our intentions relative to future marking this year.
Thanks again for your email."
If and when I receive any information on this project, I will start a post about it.
No idea if it's going to happen, but if it does, there's little to no valid reason why *ANY* of you who have fished the hump for salmon can't and shouldn't volunteer a day/days of service for this project.
This is especially true for anyone who utilizes the Hump for a living. If you do, have, or will guide on the hump for salmon, plan on clipping some coho if the project starts up.
Again, thanks to all who participated in the chinook clipping. Lessons were learned and now let's take it up a notch if and when we get a chance at the coho.
Keep an eye out for updates and new posts as I get new information in.
As they say, stay tuned......