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Calendar for July

6 South Sound General Meeting  Roger Urbaniak   speaking on  Salmon Restoration

11 Gig Harbor General Meeting Guest Speaker is John Keizer- Derby Tactics and Electronics

11 East Jefferson General Meeting

12 Renton General Meeting Captain Randy Doucet of Northwest Fishing Charters

12 North Kitsap General Meeting

13 Lake Washington No Meeting

13 Sno-King General Meeting

19 South King County General Meeting    

19 Whidbey Island General Meeting

20 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting Joe Peterson and Norm Baker talking about the Makah chi'bod hook for halibut fishing

20 Eastside General Meeting Andrew MORAVEC is a Pacific Northwest native and lives to fish!

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting At the Cap Sante Pier
(by the Marina Office and C dock
Crabbing, shrimping and fishing displays.

20 Bellingham General Meeting

26 Save Our Fish Steak and Corn Feed

30 Everett General Meeting Annual picnic

 

 

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President's Column -

By Ron Garner

Recreational fishing is at a crossroads. Our fisheries are no longer being managed for fishing but by litigation. NOAA Fisheries have taken the stance that it is in their best interest to not review and approve these Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans as they are worried that environmental groups are going to sue them. Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans or HGMPs are studied and are roughly 50-60 pages of scientific data to make sure that it is safe for a certain fish in a certain river or stream can be released into that system. So every fish in any river system has to be approved to be released. WDFW is responsible for writing them, NOAA is responsible for approving them. There are over 200 of them to review and approve.  There has not been one single one approved this year for Puget Sound.

WDFW is raising our fish in our hatcheries and being threatened with lawsuits the early timed steelhead are not released due to this litigation. So we write the HGMPs and NOAA sits on them. As NOAA's Rob Jones admitted in a hearing with our Senate Natural Resources Committee, they would rather the state be tied to the railroad tracks than them. If they untie the state from the railroad tracks, they would be tied to the railroad tracks. Translated they get sued if they approve them. I didn't know that NOAA has an option to not do their job. Apparently I am wrong.

Many HGMPs were submitted back in the early 2000s. Not a single HGMP was approved. When the Puget Sound ESA listings came about in the 2007 area (if memory serves me right) the HGMPs had to be redone and resubmitted. These are still sitting in limbo.

Why was the lawsuit against steelhead instead of Chinook or Coho? Because it would have a ton more resistance. These people are very smart and are starting at the bottom. They are picking the low hanging fruit. They were successful with some of their first lawsuits with the state and feds. The state and feds have paid them off on the Tokul creek hatchery and the Leavenworth hatchery. Luckily the Colvilles and the Yakima tribes intervened in the lawsuit against Fish and Wildlife, Bonneville Power, US Bureau of Reclamation.  Seattle Trout Club intervened in the Tokul creek lawusit. Thanks to them too.

Now they have started a precedence and are getting paid for their actions. It is a matter of time before they go after all hatcheries. In the same hearing WFC admitted that the only hatchery they approved of are the closed ones.

If you take nothing more away from this is that you need to contact your federal senators and tell them to put pressure on NOAA to get all of our HGMPs approved. Our fisheries are worth a billion dollars a year to our state.

We have pristine rivers in Hood Canal that have had no hatchery intervention. This is taken from a letter to me by a PSA member. "The five major rivers flowing into Hood Canal from the west include the most pristine habitat we have in the state.  They are the Skokomish, Hama Hama, Duckabush, Dosewallips, and Quilcene.  The Skokomish and Quilcene both have fish hatcheries and are the only two of this five with a runs of either coho or chinook and both offer harvest opportunity.  The other three rivers have not been open to fishing since I moved here in 1979 with, as far as I know, with the exception of a late season chum fishery on the Dosewallips.  Not one of these rivers has a steelhead run and they have been off limits for steelhead for over 35 years and have not had any hatchery interference.  One would think with the pristine waters and no hatchery interference a native run would re-establish itself if hatcheries were the problem."

Please don't take this lightly as we are being attacked on many fronts. This is a serious issue for all salmon fisheries. Get involved before it's too late.

Come and learn how to fish from our skilled members at a local chapter. We are the true conservationists in Washington that use common sense to deal with our fisheries. Join your local chapter today and be part of the solution. We understand today’s problems and are working together for a better tomorrow. 

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If enjoy Puget Sound and Snohomish River Coho fishing or enjoy helping enhance 
recreational opportunities please read on!

I'm Kelli Mack from the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club. We took over a 
private salmon hatchery back in 2009 and got it back into operational condition. 
To date we have raised and released over 240,000 Coho into the Snohomish River 
system and currently have 88,000 more on hand to release next spring.

The eyed-eggs we receive are surplus hatchery fish, which if not kept local, 
would be sent away to distant fisheries. We keep these fish in their home river 
system, enriching our catching opportunities.

Although it's functional the hatchery is in need upgrades to ensure the safety 
of eggs, fry, and smolt as we nurture them along their life-cycle.

Please help by making a tax deductible contribution to the campaign Snohomish & 
Puget Sound Coho Fishing Enhancement going on now on Indiegogo here: Coho 
Hatchery Fundraiser Link

Coho fishing in 2013 was almost 8 times better than in 2010 according to a 
comparison of creel checks at the Everett Public Ramp.

 

Protecting Washington’s Yelloweye Rockfish

Rockfish Identification Flyer    

Video - Rockfish are back!!

Did you know that some yelloweye rockfish that are here today were Washington residents before it became a state in 1889? They have been and continue to be an important part of our heritage.

Halibut and bottomfish fishing have also been a part of Washington’s culture for hundreds of years. Many generations of fishermen have relied on halibut and bottomfish for food and recreation.

Fishery Management

A recent stock assessment indicates that the yelloweye rockfish population has declined over 80% from its initial level.  As a result, immediate action must be taken if the stocks of these long-lived fish are to be rebuilt. 

To rebuild yelloweye rockfish populations, the harvest opportunities for this species must be severely curtailed.  In recent years, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has set yelloweye rockfish harvest levels for all commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries combined for California, Oregon, and Washington of about 17 metric tons (mt). This number includes yelloweye rockfish that are discarded at sea.

The Washington recreational harvest target is about 2.7 mt (fewer than 1,000 fish) in coastal waters.  To put this in perspective, in 2001, the Washington recreational fishery harvested 15 mt.

Halibut Fishery in Jeopardy

Yelloweye rockfish, in general, are harvested during the Washington recreational halibut fishery.  If the yelloweye rockfish catch is projected to exceed 2.7 mt, then Pacific ocean waters adjacent to Washington outside 25 fathoms will be closed to recreational bottomfish fishing (including halibut). 


 

If yelloweye rockfish cannot be avoided when anglers are targeting halibut, then we may have to close recreational halibut fishing in the future to protect yelloweye rockfish.  Because the yelloweye rockfish stock may not be rebuilt for over 100 years, the problem of managing the yelloweye fishery will continue through our lifetime; however, you have the ability to help save the halibut fishery now and preserve the yelloweye resource for the future.

Yelloweye Rockfish Facts:

  • Live to be 120 years old
  • Range extends from Mexico to Alaska
  • Found in deeper, rocky bottom areas
  • Slow growing,low productive species
  • Reddish-orange in color with bright yelloweye
  • Commonly called "red snapper"
  • Often spend their entire lifetime on one rockpile

How You Can Help

  • If you are participating in the recreational halibut or bottomfish fishery, please avoid areas that are known to have yelloweye rockfish.
  • If you do accidentally catch a yelloweye, please return to the water s soon as possible.
  • Help spread the word to others about the severity of the yelloweye rockfish depleted population and the possible consequences of not avoiding yelloweye areas
  • If you do not know what areas may have yelloweye rockfish, please consult a local resort, motel, or charter office or other expert before fishing

Great rockfish recompression video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiZFghwVOyI

 

 

 RFA Washington

 

PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

March 7th 2015

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

Future meetings

June 13th, 2015

October 17th, 2015

December 12th, 2015

 

 

 

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