Washington State anglers are asking the Fish & Wildlife Commission to stop commercial gill netting in the Grays Harbor Basin and are trying to get at least 300 people to the Jan. 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 is not acceptable,” says Duane Inglin, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s also not in line with what the Commission recognizes as a successful management strategy. We need to let the Commission know that it is no longer acceptable for WDFW to spend $250,000 to $300,000 per year on over-seeing a commercial gill net fishery for 20 to 30 commercial fishermen. Spend that money on hatchery production and reform. Boost the numbers in the basin — which will provide more opportunity for the thousands of sports fishers who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in that region!”
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