Anglers protest Grays Harbor gill netting
Anglers are asking the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission to ban commercial gill netting in Grays Harbor and are trying to get at least 300 people to the January 11 commission meeting in Olympia.
“Failure to meet escapement needs, 7 or 8 out of the 12 past years on different rivers in the basin . . . Not acceptable!” said Duane Inglin, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s also not in line with what the commission recognizes as a successful management strategy.”
Their plan is to “Let the commission know that it is no longer acceptable for WDFW to spend 250,000.00 to 300,000.00 per year on over-seeing a commercial fishery for 20 to 30 commercial fishermen. Spend that money on hatchery production and reform. Boost the numbers in the basin, providing more opportunity for the thousands of sports fishers who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, in that region. “
According to organizers, the January 11th meeting will be the last time to speak in front of the commission prior to their February 14th vote on the Grays Harbor Management Plan.