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. THE REEL NEWS (TRN) has generously agreed to publish the students’ perspectives on selected topics of interest to its readership as editorials. This year, students summarized their thoughts on the North of Falcon (NOF) process and relationships among stakeholders, conflicts associated with the “protected” status of species impacting recreational fisheries, and the absence of a salmon research program focused on local issues. The students represent a diversity of academic majors across the UW Seattle campus, with the minority 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 a number of those individuals intimately involved with Washington’s recreational fisheries including David Beauchamp (USGS, Western Fisheries Research Center), Bruce Bolding (WDFW), Craig Burley (WDFW), Mike Cenci (WDFW), Chris Donley (WDFW), Ron Garner (PSA), Danny Garrett (WDFW), Frank Haw (former WDFW, currently NW Marine Technology, Inc.), Clyde McBrayer (former WA Fish and Wildlife Commissioner), Bryce Molenkamp (former Team Hobie Fishing Athlete), Jason Morgan (NW Straits Foundation), Gilbert Pauley (former Advisor, Federal District Court – Boldt Decision, Pat Pattillo (former WDFW), Keith Robbins (A Spot Tail Salmon Guide), Karlie Roland (Emerald Water Anglers), Allen Thomas (The Columbian), Dan Tonnes (NMFS), and David Paul Williams (International Federation of Flyfishers).
TRN was required reading. We thank all of these individuals and TRN for contributing to the class. The NW Indian Fisheries Commission was invited to participate, but schedules conflicted. The perspectives expressed below are those of the students as presented to the Commission, and not necessarily those of the class guest speakers, the University of Washington, or the WA Fish and Wildlife Commission.
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