We have got a number of MAJOR issues concerning our fisheries at the moment. One is the proposed license fee increase. It's important, but while our attention is focused on the fee increase, another 3 point assault on our rights as sportsmen and women is going full force, and is currently flying under the wire for most.
I'm speaking on the issues of removing the Commission as an extension of the people, and prohibiting the public from having any influential voice in the management (or..Mis-Mangement) of our fisheries.
If the people of this State don't WAKE UP NOW and band together to fight this assault, our sport, our fish will be a thing of the past!
Just take a look at what's going on as we are focused on a proposed license fee increase;
There are currently two bills being acted on that not only eliminates any public oversight, but takes all authority away from the Commission and gives ultimate power to the Director of WDFW and the Governor!
SB 5718 Makes MAJOR changes in the role of the Commission and includes language dictating that our resources will be managed to give both commercial and recreational fisheries equitable consideration. It reduces the Commission to a subordinate advisory role to the Directors office, it effectively removes any legal challenge for public oversight under the OPMA and makes the Commission a patsy to the Governor! AND MUCH MUCH MORE!http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillN ... &Year=2017
HB1097, at my last reading pertained to Hunting but a simple amendment can cover fisheries. It contains a specific line stating that the NOF process is “Not covered under the OPMA!” Again, this is a very blatant removal of the citizens of the state to have any public oversight in the management of OUR resources.http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillN ... entSectionSO WHAT, RIGHT?
Well the SO WHAT is that; When the public (and Commission) no longer have any ability (legal or otherwise) to influence the management of our resources, it leaves the door wide open for lobbyist (commercials) and sovereign nations to totally run our WDFW through money and politics!
That's a pretty good SO WHAT!
So, there are basically two camps in our sport fishing community right now.
One says, "They" have all the power and nothing will change".
The other camp is saying, "I'm mad as H3LL, but we can't really do anything about it"
That's exactly what the State, the lobbyist and the Sovereign Nations want us to think..It makes us give up before we even try to fix things.
And of course, the end result is, things don't change and "they" do gain more and more power!
WE HAVE GOT TO STOP. STOP COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING. STOP GIVING UP BEFORE WE LOSE WHAT LITTLE WE STILL HAVE. STOP WAITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING TO WORK ON.
Write, call, organize, protest, and do whatever you can...there is no more time.
If you ARE involved, let us all know, so we can band our efforts together and join forces for a strong, unified front.
Forgiveness is between them and God. My job is to arrange the meeting!
US Army 1st SGT (Ret)