WDFW Commission News
So most of you are aware from the text blast I sent out yesterday afternoon that the Tribes have agreed to a 225,000 pound per side increase in Region1
The Tribal Fishery is slated to start on January 21st with 40 post per license, however it was agreed that our fishery would not commence until on or after January 28th.
This being said it does not mean we have to start on the 28th so I urge you to talk to your board members and amongst yourselves and give some thought as to when we want to start our fishery. As I mentioned in my last email there has already been discussion of starting around February 10th or so, the Board will be meeting next week to discuss what they have heard from the fleet members and their ideas. We as a board will take a short pole to see when we feel the fleet wants to reopen however if the vote is undecided I will craft a Monkey Survey for the fleet to cast individual votes. At the very least the Board will be able to narrow down the dates to propose.
Brian E. Allison 360-929-3596
Puget Sound Crab association (President)
January 18, 2022
Fish and Wildlife Commission approves forest health projects, amendments to fishing regulations.
OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved two forest health projects and a suite of fishing rule updates during its regular meeting Friday.
The Commission also delegated responsibility for achieving concurrent regulations for 2022 Columbia River salmon fisheries to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind, working with the director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The approved forest health projects would thin 387 acres at the Klickitat Wildlife Area in Klickitat County and up to 1,452 acres at the Colockum Wildlife Area in Chelan County, to improve habitat quality for a variety of species and reduce wildfire risk.
The approved sport fishing rule updates are intended to improve conservation and simplify regulations for gamefish, select food fish statewide, forage fish, and shellfish. In all, 15 rule updates were approved. The public can see a summary of the changes and public comment received at https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-01/6_2021_recreation_rule_making.pdf. The newly adopted rules are expected to take effect July 1, 2022.
The Commission also received an update from the director of the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office on a proposed salmon recovery initiative introduced last month by Gov. Jay Inslee. In the afternoon, the Commission heard an update on efforts to reduce whale entanglements in the coastal commercial crab fleet.