New Puget Sound Chinook Resource Management Plan

Thank you all for the letters and for the support. It is only through our numbers that we have any strength at all. There are a heck of a lot more of us than any other user group. If only we could laser focus on an issue and put all our energy into fixing it. For me, it is ending secrets in our fisheries!
 
I'm confused, so on the WDFW website explaining the NOF process there are only 2 NOF meetings? Both of these are discussion format only. The last being to discuss what was already negotiated between the state and tribes? Nowhere do I see the actual negotiations between the state and tribes.
 
That's because you and the rest of the general public are currently not allowed in or to know what happens in the other NOF meetings between the WDFW and the tribes. WDFW does not like to publicize that fact and those meetings.
 
After a rather contentious conversation with Ron Warren, calling the Department out for reneging on thier agreement to publish the "Public Prohibited" Tribal/WDFW meetings, he did send me a copy of the meeting schedule and said it would be published on the web....sometime..

Here are the Tribal/WDFW North of Falcon Meetings.

2018 TRIBAL/WDFW NOF Meeting Dates and Times: *

2/26/2018
Co-manager Technical Modeling Meeting (PUBLIC PROHIBITED)
Location - NWIFC

3/1/2018
Co-manager Policy meeting (Public Prohibited)
Location - Muckleshoot Casino

3/22/2018
NOF #1 - State – Tribes (PUBLIC PROHIBITED)
Location - Lacey Community Center

3/23/2018
NOF #1 - State – Tribes (NWIFC – as needed) (PUBLIC PROHIBITED)

4/2/2018
NOF #2 - State – Tribes (PUBLIC PROHIBITED)
Lynnwood Embassy Suites

4/4/2018
NOF #2 - State – Tribes (PUBLIC PROHIBITED)
Lynnwood Embassy Suites

* These still have not been published on the WDFW NOF web site as of the writing of this post. Although, WDFW said they would be.
 
You guys probably wouldn't be surprised at how may "fisheries related" meetings are held at the various casinos. There are even events where the attendees stay in the casino hotels. What troubles us the most, is the move to hold the North of Falcon meetings on Tribal lands or buildings, thus adding one more layer of public prohibition. It will be interesting to see if those few that are scheduled for the Lacy Community Center and Lynwood Embassy Suits are now "rescheduled" to be on the reservations, since WDFW had to post the meeting schedule. I can't imagine they want us showing up to public property and "milling around" as they hold their secret meetings, do they?
 
You guys probably wouldn't be surprised at how may "fisheries related" meetings are held at the various casinos. There are even events where the attendees stay in the casino hotels. What troubles us the most, is the move to hold the North of Falcon meetings on Tribal lands or buildings, thus adding one more layer of public prohibition. It will be interesting to see if those few that are scheduled for the Lacy Community Center and Lynwood Embassy Suits are now "rescheduled" to be on the reservations, since WDFW had to post the meeting schedule. I can't imagine they want us showing up to public property and "milling around" as they hold their secret meetings, do they?
Thank you for the update and everything you are doing! Already scheduling vacation time for these dates.
 
The Commission just voted unanimously against the policy conversion. They stated that as long as the tribes say no to any transparency then the answer is no...done deal.
 

TJ Fisher

Active Member
Very disheartening but I'm not giving up. There was a lot of discussion on already being transparent however I can't see how they have come to that conclusion. A bit out of touch but that's my opinion.

I'm going back to fishing in the rain.
 

JayB

Active Member
Well - if nothing else this is an object lesson in how the political dynamics in this state shape salmon policy and pre-determine the outcome of any of the WDFW's interactions with the tribes regardless of how anyone in the agency feels about it. Good to have clarity.

The fact that the state isn't even pursuing independent monitoring and verification of tribal harvest data, and is also doing nothing to advocate for selective harvest instead of gill nets are a couple of other object lessons if anyone needed them.
 

bk paige

Wishin I was on the Sauk
The Commission just voted unanimously against the policy conversion. They stated that as long as the tribes say no to any transparency then the answer is no...done deal.

So the tribes controls our commission as well the WDFW, JFC!


Thanks for all your hard work Baywolf!
 

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