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Boy what a turn out for the sportsman today, This is the first time in 8 years that I have seen the sportsman out number the commercial side by at least a 10 to 1 margin, probably even more. Some of the commercials left early without even testifying that had signed up. Nice meeting you today "Red Sled" and great presentation; matter of fact, I saw more great testimoney today than all the meetings in the last 2 years combined.
Many were asking for a 70/30 split of the ESA impacts (sport side) while the commercials were asking for things to remain the same or go with what the "Visionary group" came up with. For thoughts that do not know what the "Visionary group" is all about.... lets just say it heavely favors the commercial side of things and has a very poor representation of the sport side. At this time if the sport side doesn't get at least 60/40 split; I will have to assume that the proccess is rigged all the way (I hope you read this, commission members) I guess we will all know by the 2nd week in February.
Everyone that spoke today should give themselves a big pat on the back for being there and speaking out. It will be interesting on how the local newspapers report the happenings of todays meeting.
 

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Thanks to everyone who went to represent sport fishing! clap:
 

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We were at 60/40 last time and lost 3% in the course of Dr K's excellent negotiating skills so of course the commercials wanted to maintain the same. They stand to gain the other 2% back they lost at that time, if not more. Of course everything is contingent on Oregons decisions as well.
 

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Boy what a turn out for the sportsman today, This is the first time in 8 years that I have seen the sportsman out number the commercial side by at least a 10 to 1 margin, probably even more. Some of the commercials left early without even testifying that had signed up. Nice meeting you today "Red Sled" and great presentation; matter of fact, I saw more great testimoney today than all the meetings in the last 2 years combined.
Many were asking for a 70/30 split of the ESA impacts (sport side) while the commercials were asking for things to remain the same or go with what the "Visionary group" came up with. For thoughts that do not know what the "Visionary group" is all about.... lets just say it heavely favors the commercial side of things and has a very poor representation of the sport side. At this time if the sport side doesn't get at least 60/40 split; I will have to assume that the proccess is rigged all the way (I hope you read this, commission members) I guess we will all know by the 2nd week in February.
Everyone that spoke today should give themselves a big pat on the back for being there and speaking out. It will be interesting on how the local newspapers report the happenings of todays meeting.
Was there anyone there representing the CCA and giving the commission an earful?
 

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I would like to thank everybody who took time out of their busy lives and go and work on my behalf to try to help the sport fishing community in our state.. Tup: I was busy sitting on my ass watching football all day. but I hope fishing is great next year!!! Oh, and I'll be whining a lot if my favorite areas are not open or the limits are not as generous as I would like.... :eek: Hey just trying to fit in here!!!
 

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I enjoyed meeting you today singleaction, We will need to have the same turn out at the Oregon meeting on Feb 8th. I cannot stress enough that if you cannot make it to the meetings to testify, send written testimony to the commissions ODFW & WDFW (washingtons commission email, [email protected]) (oregons commission email, [email protected])

Oregon decided to have their commission meeting during the Sportsmans show this year (probably to reduce sports fishers participation) I have a copy of the letter they sent to NSIA when they complained of the timing.

Of course they (netters)want the status quo and to wait on the visionary process, they know as well as you and I that they recieve more fish now than they should. (The safe areas were funded and created to get them out of the mainstem) and the visionary group is just a stalling tactic. :evil:

CCA does not have a policy on the allocation process, gillnetting is non-selective fishing so they appose that. Several CCA members were in attendance today and many gave testimony. Also a large group of CCA members attended Fridays meeting and gave testimony there.

Also if any of you live in the 18th district (hell even if you don't) send a email to Representitive Ed Orcutt ([email protected]) as he attended this meeting and gave strong support to the sportfishing community pointing out the monies spent in the buy back programs and the increase in allocation given to the netters with the reduction in their numbers. Tup: clap:
 

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I enjoyed meeting you today singleaction, We will need to have the same turn out at the Oregon meeting on Feb 8th. I cannot stress enough that if you cannot make it to the meetings to testify, send written testimony to the commissions ODFW & WDFW (washingtons commission email, [email protected]) (oregons commission email, [email protected])

Oregon decided to have their commission meeting during the Sportsmans show this year (probably to reduce sports fishers participation) I have a copy of the letter they sent to NSIA when they complained of the timing.

Of course they (netters)want the status quo and to wait on the visionary process, they know as well as you and I that they recieve more fish now than they should. (The safe areas were funded and created to get them out of the mainstem) and the visionary group is just a stalling tactic. :evil:

CCA does not have a policy on the allocation process, gillnetting is non-selective fishing so they appose that. Several CCA members were in attendance today and many gave testimony. Also a large group of CCA members attended Fridays meeting and gave testimony there.

Also if any of you live in the 18th district (hell even if you don't) send a email to Representitive Ed Orcutt ([email protected]) as he attended this meeting and gave strong support to the sportfishing community pointing out the monies spent in the buy back programs and the increase in allocation given to the netters with the reduction in their numbers. Tup: clap:
This answers my question, thank you.
 

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Awsome job to everyone who attended this meeting... I was not their, not a very good public speaker, so I will leave that to those who are ! clap:
 

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Byteme, I was going to ask the same question regarding CCA....I am glad that the group is acclimating (as if they weren't already) to issues.

Kuddos to CCA reps and all who attended....

Be sure to read CF's thread on how state funds are spent within WDFW.....it is typical for State of Washington management and dovetails into the whole commercial issue. :roll:
 
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