...for a post regarding the WDFW response to the WFC lawsuit on use of Chambers Creek Steelhead for early winter plants. The department has done a pretty good job of trying to hang this around the neck of the Wild Fish Conservancy folks, but ultimately, the Dept. decided to not release the hatchery plants because they lack ESA coverage to do so. DFW expects to lose the suit, and they don't want to exacerbate the situation by releasing the steelhead plants after they have been sued, because the judge would rightly see it as a disingenuous move. The HGMP on the Chambers plants that DFW submitted in 2005 probably won't pass muster, but it has been sitting on the corner of someone's desk at NOAA-Fisheries awaiting review since then. Now DFW is scrambling to get HGMP(s) submitted, but NOAA/NMFS says it will take a year to review. http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/apr0114c/ So, who's to blame? The Department who has failed to submit the HGMP's that ESA has required for the past 10 years? NOAA/NMFS for being derelict in their duties and not ruling on the HGMP they have for 9 years? Or the guy who says "you really need to follow the rules" now? They will get to sort it out, at our expense, in court, again. But the only thing you can be sure of is that the recreational fishing community yet again gets to take it up the tail pipe for the folks charged with managing the resource not doing their damn job, AGAIN! Add that to another round of NOF where the Puget Sound recreational fishers get hosed again, AND a Columbia River fishery that will not make it to the Labor Day weekend... How much more of this [expletive deleted] are we willing to take? Bastards.