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From Change.org petition

"FEB 2, 2018 - The Commissioners just voted unanimously against the PEOPLE in voting down our request to convert the NOF policy to a rule.
Ron Warren recommended a NO vote, and every Commissioners voted NO!
It was apparent that the department staff (based on a briefing from AAG Grossman) and the Commissioners knew that if they voted in favor of the conversion, they would have to address the transparency issue in public.
They did express their stand on transparency:
They said as long as the Tribes say no transparency, then the answer is NO....(but keep asking)
Commissioner DAVID GRAYBILL actually said "they should be petitioning the tribes, not the commission."

IT'S APPARENT NEITHER THE DEPARTMENT NOR THE COMMISSION HAS ANY REAL AUTHORITY WHEN DEALING WITH THE TRIBES, NOR DO THEY HAVE THE DESIRE OR MORAL COURAGE TO STAND UP FOR THEIR STAKEHOLDERS IN THIS MATTER.
We started this petition to bring the citizens voice to those elected and appointed leaders who have the authority to challenge and fix this wrong. We expressed our outrage over secrets being kept from the public and our frustration over a dysfunctional management system that mandates co-management, yet condones, no…encourages one party to dictate to the other how management will be conducted. To our cause, we gathered over 5000 signatures, through a simple grass roots movement.
As we stated, at this point we have done all we can do to represent you, our supporters and to let the leadership in this State know we see this issue as a great wrong to the people and more importantly, the fish. Unfortunately, it seems that there is not going to be any change, and that is the greatest tragedy of all, because we all agree that our fish are in critical condition, and if we do not do something drastically different our last fish will be taken.
The department, under the authority of the the Commission will continue the ruse that the non-tribal stakeholder have some role in the decision process in our fisheries, but clearly we do not. Our only value is to fill the coffers with our hard earned dollars.
Unfortunately, the Commission seems content to keep secrets and make deals against the will of the people, rather than make the hard choices of confronting wrongs and fixing the problems.

We will be closing the Petition. Although we did not succeed in getting the negotiations open, it is our hope that we might have shed enough light on the issue that the citizens of the state will see that they no longer have a real voice in the fisheries.

Thank you to all our supporters, the media and all who helped in trying to bring some change to our troubled fishers.

Good luck to you and especially the fish we all love."
 

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Thank you for the current information. As hard as I try I cannot wrap my head around the situation we currently face. I don’t feel like a stakeholder in the least. I actually feel more like a fool that is easily parted with his money. Recently I read an excellent article about striper management on the Eastern seaboard. Leaders in that neck of the woods are planning to shut down all but carefully controlled recreational fishing for these gamefish. They realize how the recreational fishery brings so much more to their area in terms of revenue and quality of life than commercial fishing ever will. Perhaps we should look at their model.
 

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This decision was a huge slap in the face to all recreational anglers and tax payers. The commission was our last hope at the state level and the feds have shown in previous years to unconditionally support the treaty tribes over everyone else. That being said I appreciate everyones efforts even though the outcome was not favorable. Jamie I think the reason that has not and will not work in Washington is political. Washington politicians are on the tribes payroll receiving large amounts of casino money through various avenues. Until that changes, expect to see the same in regards to the way our fisheries are managed.
 

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Thanks JT. I’m familiar with the arrangement and the fact that much of the issue is shrouded with politics. Now- we’re not supposed to get political on the forum - a policy I totally understand and like to respect. This issue is political however and all of us are dealing with it as the end users. Fact of the matter is that many here have values that align with the current political structure when in reality looking at the issue from a more conservative point of view may be more effective in this specific instance.
 
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This decision was a huge slap in the face to all recreational anglers and tax payers. The commission was our last hope at the state level and the feds have shown in previous years to unconditionally support the treaty tribes over everyone else. That being said I appreciate everyones efforts even though the outcome was not favorable. Jamie I think the reason that has not and will not work in Washington is political. Washington politicians are on the tribes payroll receiving large amounts of casino money through various avenues. Until that changes, expect to see the same in regards to the way our fisheries are managed.
So in reality, it is the folks who go to the casinos that are paying the politicians, on the Tribes behalf.

It's not so hard to understand who is buttering the bread.
 
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I'd like to not support this insanity by withholding my payment for a new fishing license. Shit - I haven't been checked in years nor have I seen any enforcement in a very long time. So what am I paying for? The 10" stockers that they put in Lake Armstrong so I can tool around in my pontoon boat and act like I'm fishing? I haven't harvested a fish in years - more years than I can remember. Am I paying for the 'state of the art' fisheries management that the State is providing? WTF
 

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I said this in one of the steelhead forum threads;

Unless someone can hand the state, the commission and WDFW some courage to stand up to the tribes I say all management of anadromous fish should be officially handed over to the tribes. They are in charge anyway so why not make it official. (I would have said balls instead of courage but I'm also trying to show even an old white guy can change.)

In regards to the Skagit if the tribes weren't on board there is absolutely no chance of having a season no matter how screwed up WDFW is. This is proof they can be worked with. Just make it official.
Seems some members of the commission agree with me.
 

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I honestly don't even know how to react to this. Am I surprised? Not in the least. But its still an absolute gut punch. Helplessness is not a feeling I deal with very well. My natural instinct is to say fuck the state, I'm not buying a license and I will fish anywhere any time, and just deal with the repercussions if I actually get caught. Of course that's probably not the best way to handle things, but that's how I feel at the moment. So frustrating. At some point I'm sure I will calm down and think rationally, but I'm feeling pretty extreme at the moment.
 

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I just might buy a 1 day license for the days I actually fish, if I acually do fish.
I don't remember off the top of my head, but I think at somewhere around 3 days you'd be giving them more money. :rolleyes: Or just skip it altogether. I think I've been checked once in 25 years here in WA. And that was because I was literally fishing off the side of the road--the guy had to drive around my back cast.
 
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