Shut down the George Adams hatchery on the Skokomish river until the Tribe lets us fish
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During the 2016 salmon season setting process, the Skokomish tribe laid claim to the river's entirety and forced the WDFW to close fishing in one of the most popular sport fishing areas in the South Puget sound for sport anglers. The George Adams hatchery had 21,905 chinook return to it in 2016, fish that were meant to be shared between the tribe and the state of Washington.
George Adams Hatchery operates under U.S. v. Washington, the Puget Sound Salmon Management Plan and the Hood Canal Salmon Management Plan between WDFW and the Point No Point Treaty Council (PNPTC) which includes the Skokomish, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Lower Elwha S’Klallam tribes. The co-management process requires that both the State of Washington and the relevant Puget Sound tribes agree on the function and purpose of each hatchery program and on production levels. Guidelines for production at Hood Canal facilities are set out in the Hood Canal Salmon and Steelhead Production 1996 MOU and the Future/Current Brood Document.
Funding for yearling production at George Adams is provided through the State General Fund. George Adams receives $242,000 annually from the state General Fund and additional mitigation funding of $84,000 annually from Tacoma Public Utilities.
We demand that the state cut this funding, and cut production of these fish until the tribes and the state come to an agreement that re-opens the river to sport anglers. The treaty requires that both parties share equally in the fish that return, and the tribe has not honored its requirements.
The sport anglers of Washington do NOT agree with the closure of this river. We will not stand for bully tactics. The brood stock from the hatchery should be moved into basins that we can actually access and fish, if the tribes will not grant us our fair share, and funding for the hatchery should be suspended.
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