On Feb 5 the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public meeting and this proposal will be on the agenda for public testimony. Here is a link for the agenda: http://wdfw.wa.gov/com/feb0505.htm Show up! Let the Commission know how you feel about this cockamamie idea. The department claims that recent increases in Lower Columbia steelhead abundance justifies an increase in allowable impacts. First, their evidence is flimsy that the increase is real, and even flimsier that the increase , if it exists, justifies higher allowable impacts. But even if they are right, should such an increase be invested in more opportunity for commercial fishers (who aren't supposed to be kiling steelhead in any event), or would it be better invested in the recovery of the steelhead populations themselves? This particular stock is THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION, and this is no way to manage for recovery. It shows that six years and counting since the stock was listed, and the department still thinks job one is getting people fishing and placing every burden of proof on the resource itself. They refuse to get it. Let's send them a wake up call that WE at least do get it. If we can't get the Commission to Kibosh this thing, it will happen. YOU still have a chance to stop it; show up next saturday. Believe me, you have nothing more important to do.