See how the commercials whant to horn in on the sports fishing season.
<font size="2" face="verdana,arial,helvetica">Most of you know that ODF&W and WDF&W are attempting to negotiate a new three year agreement between sport and commercials for spring chinook. There were two meetings yesterday, one sport, one commercial where each group worked out their porposed fishery options. Below are the notes from the meetings, as sent to us by Cindy LeFleur of WDF&W.
Please note that in the options from the commercials, they have asked for 1/2 of the fish. This will reduce our fishing time by 30%. The NSIA proposal was for a river wide 7 days per week recreational fishery. We have also asked the Departments to manage commercial fisheries in a manner that does NOT harm the recreational fishery.
If you are interested in becoming involved in these negotiations, do not hesitate to contact the office. 503 631 8859.
Allocation Options - Commercial
1. 50% of impacts.
2. 50% of kept fish - count all tributary sport fisheries downstream of McNary Dam and Select Area fisheries. Include summer chinook.
3. 60% of impacts.
4. Not much support for Matrix.
Management Objectives - Commercial
1. Equitable catch.
2. At least 2 days/week February thru May.
3. Consider nighttime fishing - can overlap with daytime fishing for monitoring needs.
4. All night fishing - reduce sport/commercial conflicts.
5. Concentrate fishery in Feb and March.
6. Maximize ex-vessel value and spread out the catch.
7. Snake/Wanapum to sport and SAFE to commercial.
Regarding summer chinook - include impacts with spring chinook.
Allocation Options - Sport
1. Select with commercial and above McNary with sport.
2. Matrix - based on run sizes versus impacts - as is - no change to
2a. Matrix - objectives and intent of matrix.
3. 1.2% impacts to sport - rest to commercial.
4. Give commercial a share of summer chinook.
5. 1.2% impacts to sport below McNary Dam, 0.2% impacts above McNary Dam, 0.2% impacts to SAFE, 0.4% impacts to commercial.
Management Objectives - Sport
1. Maximize sport fishing opportunity during March, April and into May if possible (old policy).
2. Focus commercial early - no later than April 1.
3. Important to have river wide fisheries upstream to McNary Dam.
4. Important to attempt to have river wide fisheries upstream to McNary Dam.
5. Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission should adopt - "recognize economic benefits of recreational fishery after mid-March". Language from old policy inserted by Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
6. Buffer for both fisheries so they don't preclude each other.
7. Manage two fisheries independently under separate quotas prior to mid-April.
8. Start fishery 7days/week.
9. Last two management objectives from old policy ok to keep.
September 4, 2003