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  WDFW Commission Asked To Establish a Recreational Fishing Priority On Lower Columbia  
 
At the June 1st meeting of the WDFW Commission, two CCA members were joined by representatives of the NW Steelheaders and two sport fishing related businesses in encouraging the Commission to establish a recreational priority for spring and summer fisheries on the lower Columbia River.
 
Lyle Cabe’s comments included  “ This isn’t about an allocation battle, it’s about stewardship of fragile ESA listed fish and greatly increasing the economic benefit to the State of Washington.”  (Complete testimony here.)
 
Ed Wickersham’s comments included   “Another major consideration is enhancing eastside fisheries.”  (Complete testimony here.)
 
Brian Walter (NW Steelheaders) testified on behalf of the recreational community, and Dan Grogan of Fisherman’s Marine Supply and Bob Schlecht of Bob’s Outdoors spoke on behalf of sporting goods retailers and the value of predictable recreational seasons.
 
 

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  Oregon Initiative Update: Stop Gillnetting Now  
 
The Oregon coalition has submitted over 105,000 signatures to the Secretary of State for early verification, and more signature gathering continues.  Supporters need just over 87,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
 
Read their news release here.
 
 

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  Chapter Notes  
  'Volunteers Of The Year' Awards Received by CCA members  
 
A news release announced that Hal Mahnke, of Longview, and Jack Smith, of Sequim, were each presented WDFW’s "Volunteer of the Year" award by WDFW Director Phil Anderson during the department’s annual awards ceremony May 15.  The news release describes the numerous volunteer activities of the two, and mentions that Mahnke is a CCA member.  
 
Jack Smith is also a member of CCA (North Olympic Peninsula Chapter) and serves on that banquet committee.  He recruits chapter volunteers  to participate in WDFW rockfish tagging trips and he has arranged for WDFW personnel to speak at chapter meetings.
 
The news release can be read here:
 
 

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  Grays Harbor Kid's Fishing Derby  
 
Jerry Johnson and John Campbell, members of Twin Harbors CCA assisted the Grays Harbor Poggie Club to net jumbo rainbow trout at the Satsop Springs Hatchery. These trout will be transported to Failor Lake for the Poggie's Annual Kids' Fishing Derby.


This very popular event provided young anglers the opportunity to catch salmon-sized trout for fun and prizes. The Poggie Club provides food, beverages, launch and technical assistance to all participants. For many young anglers this experience will launch a life-long passion for fishing.


 

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  Wenatchee Area Salmon Derby  
 
The North Central Washington chapter is hosting a 3-day Columbia River salmon derby July 13, 14, and 15.  The fishing area is that between Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams.  There are over $10,000 in cash and merchandise prizes.  The prize and award ceremony will be in conjunction with the chapter’s annual banquet in Wenatchee.  

Contact names and phone numbers are in the Registration Forms section of the derby website.

http://wenatcheesalmonderby.com/
 
 

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  Twin Harbors Chapter Booth At Elma Show  
 
At the Outdoor Sports and Travel Show at Elma, Wa, the Twin Harbors chapter manned an information and recruiting booth.  They talked with visitors, handed out literature, and signed up some new CCA members!



 
 

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  Youth Outreach Grant Awarded to North Sound Chapter  
 
A $250 grant was awarded by Puget Sound Energy to the North Sound chapter for their youth outreach program.  The money will be used to augment and improve equipment for the program.  The chapter hosts events throughout the year, teaching kids about the joys of fishing and educating them about conservation.
 
 

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  Vounteers Clip Fins At Humptulips Hatchery  
 
Due to WDFW budget cuts, there were no funds to fin-clip Humptulips Hatchery fish.  Fred Pentt of Twin Harbors CCA helped organize volunteers to get these fish ready to be released. Fred put the word out through an internet forum that there was an urgent need for volunteers at the hatchery. He also spent many hours at the clipping table himself, as seen in the photo below!
 
Volunteers, including members of Twin Harbors CCA, responded and donated a total of 1,112 hours to get the coho clipped and released into the Humptulips sysyem. In total, 400,000 fish were released for this popular fishery. Many thanks to all who participated!

 
 

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  Miscellaneous  
  LCR Experimental Purse And Beach Seines: Low Mortalities  
 
WDFW data, passed along by our Government Relations Committee, shows very low mortalities from 2011 Alternative Gear Feasibility experiments that used purse seines and beach seines in the lower Columbia River.  The data is available here.
 

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  Catch Record Card Reports, Marine Areas and Rivers  
 
Washington State Sport Catch Reports from 1995 to 2007 are available online.  Each lengthy PDF contains detailed catch data for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, crab, halibut, etc.   The PDFs can be downloaded from the WDFW website at:
 
 

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June 18, 2012
     
Meeting Dates and Deadlines


WDFW Commission Meetings

 August 3-4, 2012; Olympia

Agenda and Updates here

 
     
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