Boldt Litigation - FishNorthwest

JayB

Active Member
I hadn't heard of this organization before reading an editorial on the 2020 NOF Fiasco in the latest issue of 'Salmon and Steelhead Journal." Mission statement and link below. Might be worth kicking over some of the gas money that you won't be spending fishing for salmon in MA 8-1, 8-2, and elsewhere this year.

"Our Mission – The restoration of equity and opportunity
Fish Northwest is committed to the conservation and preservation of Puget Sound salmon stocks while restoring and expanding fishing opportunities for Washington’s anglers, their families, and businesses.
We believe that by using best available science our wild salmon runs can be conserved and rebuilt, while an abundant hatchery fish population can provide ample fishing opportunities for the public. We think this can be achieved by increasing hatchery fish production, and by ensuring equity and fairness is brought back to the North of Falcon season setting process. Our immediate goal is to have WA State and the native tribes comply with the Boldt Decision which specifies the requirement of equal sharing of our salmon resources.
With a broken North of Falcon salmon season setting process and the Boldt Decision not being complied with, we came together and began the legal process to set this right. Our attorneys are currently analyzing our litigation options. As we prepare to launch legal action in the coming months, we will need all the financial support we can get. If you agree that recreational salmon fishing opportunities in WA State are unjustifiably dismal, and getting worse, please consider donating and support our cause to restore equity and opportunity.
You can donate directly to Fish Northwest, a 501(c)(4) non-profit, or through our fiscal sponsorship with The Friday Harbor Salmon Classic a 501(c)(3), a non-profit charity, in order to receive a tax deduction.
We expect a lengthy legal battle to achieve equitable recreational salmon fishing opportunity again in WA State. This will be a long and costly journey, but we are determined to stay the course and prevail. We will need sustained financial support from those of you who want to see restoration of equity and opportunity."

 

Dr. Magill

Active Member
I hadn't heard of this organization before reading an editorial on the 2020 NOF Fiasco in the latest issue of 'Salmon and Steelhead Journal." Mission statement and link below. Might be worth kicking over some of the gas money that you won't be spending fishing for salmon in MA 8-1, 8-2, and elsewhere this year.

"Our Mission – The restoration of equity and opportunity
Fish Northwest is committed to the conservation and preservation of Puget Sound salmon stocks while restoring and expanding fishing opportunities for Washington’s anglers, their families, and businesses.
We believe that by using best available science our wild salmon runs can be conserved and rebuilt, while an abundant hatchery fish population can provide ample fishing opportunities for the public. We think this can be achieved by increasing hatchery fish production, and by ensuring equity and fairness is brought back to the North of Falcon season setting process. Our immediate goal is to have WA State and the native tribes comply with the Boldt Decision which specifies the requirement of equal sharing of our salmon resources.
With a broken North of Falcon salmon season setting process and the Boldt Decision not being complied with, we came together and began the legal process to set this right. Our attorneys are currently analyzing our litigation options. As we prepare to launch legal action in the coming months, we will need all the financial support we can get. If you agree that recreational salmon fishing opportunities in WA State are unjustifiably dismal, and getting worse, please consider donating and support our cause to restore equity and opportunity.
You can donate directly to Fish Northwest, a 501(c)(4) non-profit, or through our fiscal sponsorship with The Friday Harbor Salmon Classic a 501(c)(3), a non-profit charity, in order to receive a tax deduction.
We expect a lengthy legal battle to achieve equitable recreational salmon fishing opportunity again in WA State. This will be a long and costly journey, but we are determined to stay the course and prevail. We will need sustained financial support from those of you who want to see restoration of equity and opportunity."

I’ll donate. Once I get more info. This is gonna be pricey.
 

Salmo_g

WFF Supporter
It would aid the understanding of what the desired outcome is if they defined equity and opportunity.

At the moment you can't get the WDFW Director and Deputy Director (fish policy) to admit that equity does not exist and opportunity is being withheld. The courts give great deference to the agencies charged with managing natural resources and the opinions of lead staff.
 

JayB

Active Member
It would aid the understanding of what the desired outcome is if they defined equity and opportunity.

At the moment you can't get the WDFW Director and Deputy Director (fish policy) to admit that equity does not exist and opportunity is being withheld. The courts give great deference to the agencies charged with managing natural resources and the opinions of lead staff.

To be honest, 3/4 of my motivation is pure spite, so simply making the workdays of the people responsible for failing to advocate on behalf of the sportfishing population more unpleasant than they would be otherwise will constitute a win in my book.

If the tribes have to spend even an infinitesimally small faction of the gaming revenues that the state has granted them a tax-free monopoly over to ward off any of this I'll also consider that a win.
 

JayB

Active Member
Well if that’s it I’m not certain the money will flow

If you're responding to my post, don't let my cynical pessimism detract from what the guys behind this effort are trying to achieve. Sometimes it's possible to light a candle and curse the darkness at the same time....
 

JayB

Active Member
”....lengthy legal battle....” and the winners will be the lawyers!

Can't very well fix a broken law without lawyers involved in some capacity any more than you can fix a broken car without a mechanic. At this point if there was a team of lawyers that could compel Washington State to enforce the Boldt as written and ensure a strict 50-50 allocation of all salmon I'd be *glad* to see them walk away with more cash than they could carry and be set for life.

I should also clarify that by "make the workdays more unpleasant" I mean doing all of the tedious work required to comply with the terms of discovery, making depositions, etc instead of whatever else they'd rather be spending their time on.
 

Shad

Active Member
What's happening here with the Boldt thing is that the Tribes are buying political influence to make their 50% bigger (or ours smaller). They have been ever since the first casino went up.

The tricky part is that the place they shop for influence is in the Legislature, which is pretty much the ultimate place to buy influence. It's really expensive, but if you buy enough, that influence gradually gets written into laws and policies, and you get what you want, no matter how good or bad that may be for the rest of the citizens. This is how corporations and other poolers of funds (like the .org mentioned in this thread would seek to do if they ever get enough members and dollars to make it happen) gain advantages in the economy and society.

Another way to say it would be that the Tribes are behaving like Americans. If we don't like the outcomes, our only recourse is to outspend on campaigns (which is what .orgs seek to do). Unfortunately, that recourse is severely hampered by the inability among sport fishers to get together on a few, key issues (does this sound familiar?), which results in division among our ranks and an inability to effectively organize (and pool money for political spending, which is our only hope of turning things in our favor). If there were only one sport fishing .org and everyone contributed, we'd have a shot. The Tribes and the NT commercial fishers organize this way, and it does a lot to explain their relative success in getting what they want. The way we sporties do it (50 groups working with several legislators), we're effectively pissing away money when we donate to advocacy groups. Indeed, many "sport fishing" orgs lobby for mutually exclusive points of view. For obvious reasons, that comes across as wanting different things. It certainly doesn't look like unity or any kind of critical mass, and it gives the NOF ring leaders just one more excuse for maintaining the status quo.

The group we need right now is one whose mission is "To return Washington fish to Washington citizens." Our demand? Simple. Reduce open ocean, mixed stock fishing quotas. That one move would provide every Washington stakeholder (except the commercial fishers who fish in Alaska, I suppose) better opportunities to catch more fish. Something we should all be able to agree on, right? Wrong. Due to the fact that a very few local, tribal fishers fish in the open ocean, the Tribes won't take up that position. Seems crazy to me, because if they did, every tribe would have more fish to catch. This is just one more wild example of how complicated and downright screwy fisheries issues are in this state.
 

Jonathan Tachell

Active Member
If you want to see any meaningful change in the way our salmon are managed I would suggest backing this organization. A few of the issues that this group will be tackling include upholding the 50/50 split of the Boldt decision, removing the mid hood canal chinook (non-native hatchery strays) listing which is currently hamstringing our fisheries and the 10 year Puget sound chinook management plan which is a disaster on several levels.

This group comprises members of all sorts from former WDFW directors, to hatchery managers and fishing tackle manufacturers to name a few.

We have tried to work with the WDFW, tribes and feds for years to no avail. Litigation is the only thing that will effect meaningful change.

I support their efforts and have donated towards their cause and will continue to do so.
 

Jonathan Tachell

Active Member
Who would that be?

It is on their website but a few advisors and supporters include:

Curt Smitch - Former Director of WDFW

Steve Stout - Former WDFW hatchery operations manager for region 4

Pat Pattillo - Former WDFW policy fish management biologist
 

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