Updated Grays Harbor salmon policy looking for comment
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking public comments on their revised draft policy to improve salmon management in Grays Harbor.
The revised draft policy includes new provisions recently proposed by the commission to conserve wild salmon runs, clarify catch allocation, and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in the harbor.
The commission added the new provisions during a public meeting attended by more than 150 people earlier this month.
Ron Warren, deputy assistant director of WDFW’s Fish Program, thanked the commission for adding provisions he said would provide the department with clear direction for setting future seasons for non-tribal salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor.
“We need to focus on conserving and restoring the salmon runs in the Grays Harbor Basin,” Warren said.
Commissioner Rolland Schmitten, who spoke in favor of the amendments, noted that fisheries in southeast Alaska and Canada intercept nearly half of all fall chinook salmon returning to the Chehalis River, which flows into Grays Harbor.
“Our challenge is that there are simply not enough salmon to meet the expectations of all stakeholders,” Schmitten said.
Written comments on the revised draft policy may be submitted through Jan. 31 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.