Compiled by TRN Staff
How many years ago was it when you read here for the first time ʻʻ…the North of Falcon (NOF) process is broken!ʼʼ Long-time hopes and promises for NOF to be our annual salmon season setting process with agreement between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Northwest Indian Tribes (Commission,) the process has now deteriorated to a waste of time, money and valuable public and human resources as the tribes have chosen to use this year’s conservation of coho salmon as their pawn and the chinook salmon as their hostage.
Fortunately, for the citizens and sportsmen in Washington State, it appears as though WDFW Director Jim Unsworth has the intestinal fortitude to stand up and say, “enough is enough.”
How refreshing is that after so many years of wimpy-kiss-butt decisions by former directors?
This year the self-proclaimed tribal co-managers of our fisheries insisted on no salmon fishing for recreational/sport anglers, claiming the impact on forecast returns coho was in dire jeopardy. As in past years, co-management had once again turned into a dictatorship.
“Go to our FISH FOR FUN page for the rest of this story.