Public survey available on Puget Sound recreational fisheries enhancement program

Public survey available on Puget Sound
recreational fisheries enhancement program

OLYMPIA – One lucky person will win gift cards to a variety of local sportfishing businesses by taking a short survey on a state program established to enhance recreational fisheries in Puget Sound.

The survey is designed to gauge public understanding of the Puget Sound Recreational Salmon and Marine Fish Enhancement Program. The survey is available through March 31 on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/psrfef/survey.html.

The program was created by the state Legislature in 1993 to improve and promote recreational fishing for Washington citizens and support sustainable populations of salmon and marine bottomfish in Puget Sound. The program is supported by revenue generated from the sales of certain fishing licenses.

Participants in the survey will be entered into a random drawing, which will take place in April. The winner will be awarded a total of $200 in gift cards from sportfishing businesses.

Information from the survey will help state fishery managers shape future fishing opportunities, said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational salmon fishery manager for the department.

“This is a short survey designed to give us a better idea of people’s understanding of the program and where our efforts should be focused in the future,” Lothrop said. “We are looking at how best to improve recreational fisheries in this state, particularly in Puget Sound, and our efforts to introduce people to sportfishing.”

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Marine Area 9 salmon season re-opening Feb. 16

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov

February 8, 2017

Marine Area 9 salmon season re-opening Feb. 16

Action: Marine Area 9 will re-open Feb.16. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 will be 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.

Effective Date: Feb 16 through April 15, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon

Location: Marine Area 9 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round fishing piers.

Reason for action: Test fishery data collected during January and February indicate there are fewer juvenile (sublegal-size) chinook salmon present in these waters. In addition, sufficient capacity exists to re-open the fishery within the guideline of 6,081 “chinook encounters” – including both retained and released fish – agreed to by the tribal co-managers before this year’s fishery began. Delaying the opening to mid-February allowed the state time to determine a reopening date that will give anglers opportunity later into the spring.

Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery and will work with sportfishing advisors to determine if any other modifications are necessary to achieve a maximum season in Marine Area 9. Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations for the pier can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808

Congressional Review and Edit of Pacific Northwest Tribal Fishing Rights

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It is time to put the 1974 Boldt Decision aside and bring the Native American Tribes and U.S. Treaties into the 21st Century.  The Boldt Decision gave the Indian Tribes a 50% share and co-management of the Washington State Fisheries.  The decision was based on the wording and interpretations of the Treaties as they were intended at the time of signing.  Much has changed since the 1850’s that has a direct impact on these Treaties yet they are not reflected in any manor today.  At the time of signing the numbers of Native Americans and Settlers was roughly equal.  Today however, Native Americans account for less than 2% of Washington States total population yet are still granted a full 50% of the Fishery Resources.  We seek to have Congress review, abrogate and amend the treaties as per the Supreme Courts ruling on the Head Money Cases that grants Congress the authority to do so and amend them to reflect the current census in Washington State.  The allocation of 50% of a resource to less than 2% of the population is neither a Fair nor Equitable Split and Congress needs to correct this.  Additionally we would ask congress to grant us the right to ban ALL Commercial Netting (both Native and Non-Native) in our rivers and inland waters.

The Treaty of Olympia, Medicine Creek, Point Elliott, Neah Bay,and Point No Point granted the  Hoh, Makah, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup, Quileute, and Skokomish tribes. and Later, the Lummi, Quinault, Sauk-Suiattle, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, Upper Skagit, and Yakima tribes entitlement to a fair and equitable portion of the fish harvest.

In the 1974 The United States v. Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312 (W.D. Wash. 1974), aff’d, 520 F.2d 676 (9th Cir. 1975), commonly known as the Boldt decision, reaffirmed the reserved right of American Indian tribes in the State of Washington to act alongside the state as co-managers of salmon and other fish, and to continue harvesting them in accordance with the various treaties that the United States had signed with the tribes. The Boldt decision further defined that reserved right, holding after a long trial in 1974 that the tribes were entitled to half the fish harvest each year.

The Supreme Court ruled in the Head Money Cases that “treaties” do not have a privileged position over Acts of Congress and can be repealed or modified (for the purposes of U.S. law) by any subsequent Act of Congress, just like with any other regular law.

When the treaties were written in the 1850’s Native Americans and Non Native Settlers in Washington State were roughly equal in numbers.  The 1880 census act clearly states that “Indians not taxed shall be omitted from the enumeration” but then adds:   the Superintendent of [the] Census may employ special agents or other means to make an enumeration of all Indians not taxed, within the jurisdiction of the United States, with such information as to their condition as may be obtainable.  Under this provision and using specially designed forms, agents enumerated Indians living near military reservations in California, Dakota Territory, and Washington Territory.

Because federal government officials made actual counts or estimates of not taxed Indians, we can calculate the percentage of Indians included in each census:

Census – Taxed Indians (enum) – Not taxed Indians – Total Indians – % enum
1860                 44,021                        295,400               339,421             13
1870                 25,731                        287,981               313,712               8
1880                 66,407                        240,136               306,543              22
These figures exclude all Native Americans living in Alaska. The Census Bureau reported the 1860 and 1870 not taxed Indian totals as part of the taking of the census for those years.

The records for the 1860-1890 Federal Census, were destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921 but by piecing together information available we can determine that Nativie Americans outnumbered settlers by a small margin.  Based on the 1850 cencus determinations a 50-50 split of the fishery resources would be considered fair and equitable but with respect to the 2010 national census in which Native Americans compromise 1.9% of the Washington State Population a continuation of a 50-50 split of the fishery resource is no longer a fair and equitable split and is grossly excessive on the Native American harvest.

We ask the United States Congress to review and abrogate the original treaties as they pertain to Fish, Shell Fish and Wild Life, and amend the treaties to accurately factor in the current census reports  and based upon the most current information available set a fair and equitable split of the resources that reflects the current ethnic population of Washington State.

2015 Westport Chinook Salmon Derby Winner

The season is over and plenty of fish this past summer, but not as many big fish of the past. Most fish where out in the 50 fathom water and that’s a long way out for smaller boats.

This years winner was Mark Teitzel with his 30 lb 8oz Chinook, winning him $4,000.00!

Photo courtesy of the : Hula Girl one of Westport’s top charters.

Chinook salmon must be released on the Lewis River

Action: Mainstem Lewis and North Fork Lewis River anglers must release all spring chinook.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective date and locations: March 1, 2015, until further notice.

Mainstem Lewis River from mouth to mouth of East Fork;

North Fork Lewis River from mouth of East Fork to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

Reason for action: The pre-season forecast is for a return of 1,100 adult spring chinook to the Lewis River in 2015. This is less than the number needed to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 1,350 fish.

Other information: Hatchery returns will be closely monitored in-season.

The mainstem Lewis River and North Fork Lewis River will remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead. Under permanent rules, the North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream will be closed to all fishing during the month of May.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

Anglers can keep two Chinook off Westport beginning Aug. 18

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Kirk Calkins and friends with a nice mixed bag of kings and silvers from Westport Saturday morning.

OLYMPIA – Starting Monday, Aug. 18, anglers fishing in ocean waters off Westport can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), La Push (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4).

Those fishing Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will continue to be limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days per week. Wild coho must be released in all four areas.

Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the previous daily limit of one chinook off Westport was designed to ensure the fishery would remain open the entire season.

“We’ve kept a close eye on the pace of catch in the area,” Warren said. “With sufficient quota remaining, we want to maximize the recreational fishing opportunity through the rest of the season.”

Ocean salmon fisheries are scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2 and through Sept. 21 in marine areas 3 and 4. However, a portion of Marine Area 3 will reopen Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season and will announce any other changes on WDFW’s website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_saltwater.j .

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and catch guidelines, is available in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Tom Weaver with a beautiful Westport king salmon

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