Isn't ironic that there needs to be monitoring of the Skagit c & r season, but no monitoring of gillnetters.
Actually, in the words of a former state auditor--we'll never know how much is spent on hatcheries since it is scattered throughout the entire budget under other labels.This was on my list of gripes I wrote to the Director and Commissioners in June. Fully 25% of the Department's budget is devoted to hatchery fish production ($128.7 million), and 72.8% of the hatchery budget ($93.7 million) is for hatchery salmon and steelhead (mostly salmon) production. Of all those hatchery salmon, 50 to 60% of them are caught in Canada or Alaska. And to add insult to injury, of those returning to WA, most are allocated to commercial and treaty fishing, with a paltry few getting caught by WA recreational anglers. I suggested doing a hatchery audit based on the cost of producing a recreationally caught hatchery salmon, and phasing out some of the hatcheries that aren't substantially benefitting the WA taxpayers and citizens who pay to keep the doors open and lights on at WDFW. That would free up plenty of money to support things like monitoring the Skagit steelhead fishery. The response I got back simply doubled-down on the status quo, and we who pay should support the Department's supplemental request to the Legislature for an additional $26 million, or we don't get the Skagit steelhead season.
To say that I am seething angry is to put it mildly.
While I fully agree with your sentiment, I think you would be surprised at how few Chinook and Coho non-treaty commercial fishers catch in Washington.of those returning to WA, most are allocated to commercial and treaty fishing, with a paltry few getting caught by WA recreational anglers.
While I fully agree with your sentiment, I think you would be surprised at how few Chinook and Coho non-treaty commercial fishers catch in Washington.
Contact your legislatorsThis article says we will have a season this year, but that 2021 is looking bleak:
Here is the quote "Edward Eleazer said the fishery is slated to open at least once more, in early 2020, thanks to previous budgetary shuffling."