Species covered in proposed rule • Marine Bottomfish
Rule to Change: Area 6 - Bottom Fish - Rock Fish Closed
Area 5 - Bottom Fish - Rock Fish West of Slip Point Daily Limit 3, Black or Blue Rock Fish
Area 5 - Bottom Fish - Rock Fish East of Slip Point, Daily Limit 1, Black or Blue Rock Fish
New Rule Proposal: Propose to change rules to be the same as Marine area 4, East of the the Bonilla Tatooosh Line, or the same as Marine area 5, West of Slip Point
Why the change is needed: Consistancy with other similar marine areas. Reason being is that 2 years ago I went to a meeting at the Port Angeles Library that was put on by the state to get public comment on halibut rules for the Strait of Juan De Fuca. At this meeting your Marine Bioligist stated that the Rock Fish (Black Bass populations), where healthy in the Straits. They went on to explain that the Rock Fish populations were threatened in the Puget Sound area and that was why they had a moritorium on Rock fish havesting there. They also explained that Rock Fish, (Black Bass), do not migrate. They live most of their lives within about 1/2 mile radius. They stated that the reason for the closure in Port Angeles was because it fell in the management area as Puget Sound. If the populations are healthy in the straits, why are they managed under Puget Sound rules, especially if they do not migrate? I am a life long area resident and I can verify that the populations are healthy in the straits. No shortage
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change: Meeting at Port Angeles Library about 2 years ago. Your marine bioligists.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
They said one of the reasons for the closure was because that the Port Angeles area was managed under the Puget Sound region. I verified that I have fished As a tribal member in the Piller Point area most of my life and have always enjoyed an abundance of Black Bass - very good fishing. My concern is that non tribal members cannot get access to this fishery because of either bad area management or poor information about the available harvest. It should be either consistant with Marine area 5 West of Slip Point or with area 4. As a tribal member, I can say that my experience is that their is an abundance of Black bass in both areas 5 & 6. This area needs to be more available to non tribal members, with more consistant rules.
Submitted by: GAGNON, BRUCE S — PORT ANGELES, WA
Date submitted: 06/01/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Not Recommended for further consideration Reference ID: DFW648728
We recommend postponing this rule until the this year's test fishery is completed, then making recommendations based on the study results.
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