Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
Can someone provide a cliff note summary of what exactly is the issue? Aren't the harvestable surpluses/quotas determined by the state and feds and the tribes with treaties are allowed 50% of whatever that quota is? Or am I waayyy off base and the issues that you guys are dealing with is far more complicated...
Many times the tribes fish on a set net schedule, so in reality there is no 50% quota split.
If they were to hit their supposed 50% but still had a month of fishing scheduled, they keep fishing.
Now add in ocean harvest in Washington plus Washington fish taken in Alaska and Canada and you’ve got a very convoluted mess.
The way things are now, the treaties take precedent and everyone else falls in line behind them.
As the pie has gotten smaller, everyone is fighting for their share of it.
In my opinion, the co-management model is broken.
Having a spineless WDFW representing sports anglers doesn’t help.
This goes beyond salmon and steelhead as well.
When you see Puget Sound being carpet bombed with tribal crab pots a full month before the recreational opener, you have to think things won’t get any better in the future.