Compiled and authored by Timothy Abt, Carson Badger, Conor Curran, Bryan Darby, Amanda Delaney, Dylan Fletcher, John Hatheway, Nicholas Hutson, Emily Iverson, Cameron Johnson, Justin Ng, Maxwell Pence, Evan Seamans, Nicholas Stauffer, Keith Sungail, Tuvshinzaya Tumurkhuyag, Alex Wegner and Christian Grue
Each year in Recreational Fisheries: Science, Management and Policy (FISH 260) at the University of Washington (UW), student teams are required to write a position paper on topics of interest to members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission and present and support their position to standing Commission members. TRN has generously agreed to publish the students’ perspectives on selected topics of interest to its readership as editorials. In 2014, the first year of the class, students addressed the allocation of salmon between commercial and recreational fishers in Willapa Bay (August issue). In 2015, the August and September issues featured editorials on the management of Lake Washington Chinook and improving the post-release welfare of non-target fish, respectively. This year, in the first of a two-part editorial, students summarize their thoughts on the North of Falcon (NOF) process, catch and release as a management tool, and funding for WDFW enforcement. In the next month’s TRN, students will present their thoughts on hatchery genetic management plans (HGMPs) for the Columbia River Basin (CRB) and lawsuits by the Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC); “brown fish” management within the CRB; and ways to increase participation, access, and opportunity in light of the aging population of recreational fishers and the growth of urban populations. The students represent a diversity of academic majors across the UW Seattle campus, with only a small number in the biological sciences. The vast majority of students did not characterize themselves as avid anglers, but either occasional anglers or interested in learning more about fishing.
In researching the topics, students heard from Dave Beauchamp (USGS/UW Aquatic & Fishery Sciences [SAFS]), Mike Cenci (WDFW Enforcement), Rich Childers (WDFW Shellfish Program), Patrick Christie (UW, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs), Chris Donley (WDFW Inland Fish Program), Joan Drinkwin (Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation), Tony Floor (former WDFW and now NW Marine Trade Association), Ron Garner (PSA), Frank Haw (former WDFW and author Washington’s Sport of Kings), Tom Nelson (Outdoor Line), Pat Pattillo (former WDFW, now consultant to PSA), Gil Pauley (Emeritus UW SAFS and former Fisheries Technical Advisor to the Federal District Court on the Boldt Decision), Keith Robbins (A Spot Tail Salmon Guide), Allen Thomas (The Columbian), Dan Tonnes (NOAA), and Ron Warren (WDFW Fish Program). TRN was required reading. We thank all of these individuals and TRN for contributing to the class. The perspectives expressed below are those of the students as presented to the Commission, and not necessarily those of the class guest speakers or the University of Washington.
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