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2015 Willapa Bay Salmon Management Guidance
April 2015

Draft Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy
May 2015

Willapa Bay Management Plan - January 2010

Willapa Bay Salmon Management

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is developing a framework for managing Willapa Bay salmon fisheries.

The department has been working with a citizen committee and the public since October 2014 to craft a long-term policy to address conservation and fishery objectives for Willapa Bay salmon fisheries. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to hold public hearings into June on that policy, which would take effect in 2016.

The commission also has provided WDFW with guidance for managing salmon fisheries this year in Willapa Bay. A public hearing on the 2015 Willapa Bay salmon fisheries is tentatively scheduled in April. Check the commission website for details.

WDFW is seeking public comment through March 26 on the draft long-term policy for managing Willapa Bay salmon. The department will accept comments through March 31 on 2015 salmon management of Willapa Bay.

Written comments on may be submitted via email to willapabay@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to Steve Thiesfeld, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Public Meetings

  • Oct. 25 - Open House
    WDFW fishery managers will host an open house from 2-5 p.m.; Raymond High School cafeteria, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond

View Meeting Materials

  • Oct. 27 - Willapa Bay Advisory Committe
    Willapa Bay Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; Raymond High School Library, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond

View Meeting Materials

  • Nov. 1 - Public Workshop
    WDFW fishery managers will host a public workshop from 4-7 p.m.; Raymond High School cafeteria, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond

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  • Nov. 7-8 - WDFW Commission Meeting
    Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, Comfort Inn Conference Center
    1620 74th Avenue SW, Tumwater WA 98501
View Meeting Materials (see handouts on Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda item #11)
  • Nov. 13 - Willapa Bay Advisory Committee
    Willapa Bay Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; Raymond High School cafeteria, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond

View Meeting Materials

  • Nov. 20 - Willapa Bay Advisory Committe
    Willapa Bay Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; Raymond High School cafeteria, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond

View Meeting Materials

View Meeting Materials (see handouts on Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda item #13)
Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy Preliminary Draft - Prior to Commission Review 12/13/14
  • Jan. 8-10, 2015 WDFW Commission Meeting
    WDFW Comission, 1620 74th Avenue SW Tumwater, WA 98501 – Evergreen Room
View Meeting Materials (see handouts on Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda item #16)
Draft Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy - 1/12/15
  • Jan. 17 - Public Workshop
    WDFW fishery managers will host a public workshop from 2-5 p.m.; Raymond Elks Lodge, 326 Third St., Raymond

View Meeting Materials

WDFW fishery managers are scheduled to brief the Fish and Wildlife Commission on the development of the draft policy during the commission's November meeting in Olympia.

WDFW will develop a range of policy options that will be discussed during the December commission meeting in Olympia. The commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the draft policy options during its January meeting.

For more information on meeting times and places, visit the commission's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html.

AHA Chinook Model and Options
The Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) has developed management tools to support application of its principles and recommendations, including a scientific framework for artificial propagation of salmon and steelhead; benefit/risk assessments tools; hatchery operational guidelines; monitoring and evaluation criteria; and others. The primary analytical tool is the "All H Analyzer" (AHA), a Microsoft Excel-based application that allows managers to explore the implications of alternative ways of balancing hatcheries, harvest, habitat and hydroelectric system constraints.  This Willapa Bay specific AHA model is a tool that the Department is using to evaluate hatchery and fishery strategies in Willapa Bay as the Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy is being developed.  

The main file (AHA-Willapa Chinook Calibration 12-22-14.xlsm) is the model.  You will need to “import” an option on the “AHA” page to review the option.  Further information about AHA can be found here:  http://web.fisheries.org/proofs/pse/michael.pdf;  or http://www.hatcheryreform.us/hrp/tools/welcome_show.action

AHA-Willapa Chinook Calibration 12-22-14.xlsm

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