WDFW Commission News
It would seem many of you are curious of the catch numbers for the tribes in Region 1 and how likely it may be for any abundance increase this season. Below is a detail of pounds remaining per region according the most recent TOCAS information as of 1/28/2020
From the information gathered it would appear that the tribes are currently only actively fishing in regions 1 and 3-2
Region Pounds Remaining January Daily Average
1 348,289 3,700
2E 25,336 no reports
2W 5,288 no reports
3-1 14,102 no reports
3-2 57,148 357
3-3 15,602 January total 300
As you can see by the numbers in region 1 the simple math shows that at the current rate of landing the tribes wouldn’t reach allocation until the first of May. If that is indeed the case there would be no consideration of abundance increase this season in region 1
Brian E. Allison 360-929-3596
Puget Sound Crab association (President)
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
January 22, 2020
Contact: Commission office, 360-902-2267
Commission approves rules to reduce whale entanglements and a Yakima County land transaction
OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission made decisions on rules to reduce humpback whale entanglements and a land transaction at their Jan. 17-18 meeting in Olympia.
The commission also heard updates on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) partnership with Puget Sound Partnership, protections for fish during construction, salmon management in Willapa Bay and Puget Sound. The commission also discussed suspending a joint-state committee working on Columbia River policy issues for the near term.
On Friday, the commission approved a 92-acre land acquisition for WDFW in Yakima County. The property borders the Oak Creek Wildlife Area approximately 10 miles west of Naches. The new addition will improve public access for hunting and wildlife viewing.
The commission also approved new rules for the 2020 Dungeness crab season to reduce the potential for humpback whale entanglements on Washington's coast. Rule changes include requiring only the amount of line reasonably necessary, reducing the pot limit and requiring a summer buoy tag, replacing buoy tags, and requiring line marking specific to Washington.
WDFW habitat managers briefed the commission on rulemaking to implement House Bill 1579 concerning hydraulic project regulations. These rules are intended to help people comply with rules that protect fish during construction projects in or near water. The habitat program will bring forward a final recommendation at the commission's February conference call.
In addition, the commission was provided an update on the Joint-State Columbia River Fishery Policy Review Committee, which includes members of the Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife commissions and works to find common ground in jointly managed fisheries. After discussion between the Oregon and Washington committee chairs, the commission discussed suspending its joint-state committee meetings for the near term. The directors and staff of WDFW and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will continue to work on developing concurrent guidelines for the Columbia River in 2020.
On Saturday, the commission heard from WDFW staff on Willapa Bay salmon management, as well as the Puget Sound Chinook Resource Management Plan, designed to help guide fishery management in Puget Sound.
WDFW and tribal co-managers expect to submit the Puget Sound plan for approval by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by the end of the month. NOAA estimates it will require at least 15 months to complete its work on the plan, which includes developing an Environmental Impact Statement, notice in the Federal Register, a biological opinion, and public comment periods.