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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WDFW Commission says state fishery managers need better balance on Puget Sound selective hatchery Chinook fishing opportunities and conservation issues

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Commission advised state fishery managers Tuesday to make concessions for better balance between conservation and fishing opportunities on a revised Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan.

The 10-year proposal came to light on Dec. 1 when it was submitted to NOAA, and was negotiated prior to between WDFW and Treaty Tribal fisheries managers.


The initial plan was supposed to take effect beginning in 2019 through 2029, and also had to potential to impact the 2018 salmon fishing seasons.

At a commission meeting on Jan. 19, George Harris, CEO and President of the Northwest Marine Trade Association along with other sport-fishing industry groups including Puget Sound Anglers, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Fish Northwest and Coastal Conservation Association voiced their concerns of the proposal that would’ve adversely affected the future of marked-selective fishing opportunities for hatchery salmon.

During a conference call Tuesday, the commission – a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for WDFW – instructed state fishery managers to explore a variety of options as they revisit catch rates and other pieces of the updated plan.

"Ultimately, we would all like to see salmon runs restored in Puget Sound, but severely restricting fisheries isn't the only path to achieving that goal," Brad Smith, commission chairman said in a news release. "For that reason, we advised WDFW staff to explore other salmon recovery options, including improvements to habitat and hatchery operations."

The increased protection for wild chinook in Stillaguamish and Snohomish rivers would’ve severely restricted numerous fisheries since those fish are intermingled with healthy hatchery salmon stocks and caught in many areas of Puget Sound as well as Canada and clear up to Alaska the northern-most area of their migration path.

NOAA already notified the co-managers the plan was insufficient, noting that several key salmon stocks wouldn’t meet new — more restrictive — federal conservation objectives.

"Over the last few weeks, we've heard from many people who are concerned this plan could result in the closure of all Puget Sound sport fisheries, but that's not the case," Smith said. "Yes, the plan does call for reductions to some fisheries, especially in years of low salmon abundance. But we have an opportunity – given the need to revise the plan – to use various mitigation tools to offset impacts from fisheries when and where appropriate."

The commission asked WDFW to look at ways to increase habitat restoration efforts; improve hatchery operations, including increasing production to support salmon recovery efforts; and reduce populations of predators, such as seals and sea lions.

The review process will take 18 months once the federal agency gives approval that the plan is sufficient for a full review, making it likely a revision won't take effect until the 2020-2021 fishing season.
In the future, there will be opportunities for public comment during that review process, and the commission has requested for regular updates.
The hope is that a long-term management plan will reduce uncertainty in the annual salmon season-setting process, providing more stability for sport and commercial fisheries.

The commission asked state fishery managers to continue to discuss the possibility of using the 2017 conservation objectives for this year's upcoming planning efforts.
The salmon forecast public meeting is Feb. 27 at the Lacey Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A series of meeting will follow in what is termed the “North of Falcon Process” and final seasons will be set on April 6-11 in Portland, Oregon. 


Members that would like to learn more about the plan, along with feedback from NOAA, can go to https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/chinook/.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Proposed Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan – NMTA Update


The Northwest Marine Trade Association staff has been following closely a 10-year proposal on a new Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan that would take effect beginning in 2019, and could potentially impact the 2018 fishing seasons.
The proposal recently submitted to NOAA came to light on Dec. 1, and was negotiated between the Washington Department of Fish staff and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Puget Sound Treaty Tribes.
Last month, the NMTA staff of George Harris, Peter Schrappen and Mark Yuasa, attended two meetings with WDFW director Jim Unsworth and staff in Olympia. Other sport-fishing industry groups on hand for the meetings were Puget Sound Anglers, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Fish Northwest and Coastal Conservation Association as well as some members of the WDFW Commission.
The NMTA is very concerned about the harvest management plan set forth by the department, which could adversely affect the future of marked-selective fishing opportunities for hatchery salmon from 2019 to 2029.
NMTA President/CEO George Harris sent a letter to WDFW Commissioners with copies to Governor Jay Inslee; Jim Unsworth, WDFW Director; State of Washington Senate and House Members; State of Washington Members of Congress; and Mike Grossman, Washington Attorney General’s Office. You can view the letter at this link: http://www.nmta.net/files/Downloads/NMTA%20Letter%20to%20F%20and%20W%20Commission%20122817.pdf.
Members that would like to learn more about the plan are encouraged to read this link: https://tidalexchange.com/2018/01/04/wdfw-gives-up-puget-sound-fishing-for-nothing/.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Copper Paint News: Ecology offers guidance on the 2018 ban

News from the Department of Ecology:

The statement reads:

As of January 1, 2018, Washington law bans the sale of new boats with copper-based antifouling paint. However, the Department of Ecology has proposed legislation that would delay ban until January 1, 2021. The proposed legislation will be considered in the upcoming legislative session that starts January 8, 2018.

While the bill is being considered by the Legislature, Ecology will not be dedicating resources to enforcement at this time. If the Legislature chooses to leave the ban in place, Ecology will reprioritize and start enforcing the ban as needed and as resources permit.


Please contact Kimberly Goetz at (360) 407-6754 or kimberly.goetz@ecy.wa.gov if you have questions about the proposed legislation, the existing ban, or other related issues.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

New WDFW proposed Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan




The Northwest Marine Trade Association staff attended a meeting Thursday in Olympia with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) director Jim Unsworth and staff on Thursday to discuss a new Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan that would take effect during the 2019 fishing season.
Other sport-fishing industry groups on hand were Puget Sound Anglers, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Fish Northwest and Coastal Conservation Association as well as some members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The NMTA is very concerned about the harvest management plan set forth by the department, which could adversely affect the future of sport salmon fishing opportunities from 2019 to 2029.
The NMTA and other user-groups asked specific questions, and are waiting to get an analysis response and more details on the proposal from WDFW before making any further decisions. A link to the comprehensive plan can be found on the WDFW website by going to


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Friday, November 10, 2017

West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat awarded to Lake Coeur d’Alene angler








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     West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat awarded to Lake Coeur d’Alene angler

SEATTLE – Nov. 10, 2017 – Gary March of Worley, Idaho, had hit a low point in his life while on a recent mule deer hunting trip at Fort Peck Reservoir in northeastern Montana.

“I was in an area that didn’t have cell phone coverage, and nine miles from the boat launch when I lost control of my truck and boat, and went off a 30-foot embankment,” March said. “There was a little damage to the boat, but the truck is totaled. It took me a few days to get the trailer fixed before I could get it home.”


While waiting for repairs in Jordan, Montana, he sat in his hotel room, and noticed three voicemails on his cell phone that lifted his emotions.
Those calls were coming from Karsten McIntosh with the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA). McIntosh had great news: March’s name had been randomly drawn on Nov. 5 at the Everett No-Coho Blackmouth Derby from more than 4,000 anglers following the conclusion of the 2017 West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

McIntosh had notified March that he had won the grand prize, a fully-equipped 22-foot Hewescraft OceanPro aluminum boat with Honda motors and trailer valued at around $85,000.

And this is where the story gets interesting since the boat that slipped off the side of a remote road along the fifth largest artificial lake in the U.S. was also a 22-foot Hewescraft OceanPro!

“(McIntosh) called me, told me I won a boat and I said you’ve got to be kidding me,” March said. “My emotions were pretty low at the time, and then I was right back on top. I had a pretty big swing of emotions at that moment.”

Call it divine intervention or fate, but according to March, everyone has always called him “Lucky” his whole life and winning this beautiful boat definitely sealed the deal!

March’s name was entered into the derby series drawing after fishing in The Big One Salmon Derby on Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho on July 26-30.

“I had a really slow tournament this summer, and have fished it for over 20 years with my wife Claire,” said March. “This was the first time I fished the tournament after a few years off.”

March, who lived most of his life in Spokane, had just retired back in March after a 45-year career with White’s Boot Company in Spokane.
The boat is the 14th grand prize boat, motor, and trailer package that has been given away since the Series was created in 2004. This year’s Hewescraft 220 OceanPro boat is powered by a 250-horsepower Honda and a 9.9-horsepower Honda trolling motor, on an EZ Loader tandem axle trailer. The boat came fully-equipped with top-of-the-line extras including Raymarine electronics, Scotty Downriggers, and a Dual Electronics stereo.

“How exciting for Gary to win this fully-loaded boat, and I can’t wait to see him out on the water at Coeur d’Alene next summer,” said Mark Yuasa, who coordinates the Northwest Salmon Derby Series and chatted with the “Lucky” derby winner. “There was nothing more thrilling than to hear how happy he was after winning this impressive fully-geared fishing boat.”

The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series is a fishing promotion program directed by the NMTA that encourages boating and fishing in the Northwest. In 2017, the Series included 14 derbies in Washington, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. For each derby an angler competes in, they get one entry into the drawing for the grand prize boat held at the final derby in the Series.

Now that March is retired and has a new home on Lake Coeur d’Alene he plans to make good use of the boat and hopefully eclipse his best chinook catch of 24.9 pounds on the expansive 25-mile lake.

“I’m retired and with this waterfront home on the lake and now the owner of a new boat, I will definitely be fishing this derby every summer,” he said with excitement.
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For more information on the West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series, visit www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com.

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About the Northwest Marine Trade Association
The NMTA is the nation’s largest regional marine trade association. It represents more than 725 companies in the recreational boating industry, including boat dealers, boat brokers, marinas, boatyards, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers of boating accessories and services. The NMTA’s mission is to promote the growth of recreational boating and member businesses. The NMTA produces the Seattle Boat Show, the West Coast’s largest boat show. Additional information is available at www.nmta.net

Contact
Mark Yuasa
NMTA Director of Grow Boating Programs
and NW Salmon Derby Series
(206) 619-8868



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ABBRA Certified Marine Service Manager course - December 3-7 in Everett

Looking to take the next step in your career or develop leaders in your workforce?

The American Boatbuilders & Repairers Association - Since 1943The Northwest Marine Trade Association is excited to bring NMTA members a unique opportunity to further careers in Marine Service Management. The NMTA will co-host the ABBRA Certified Marine Service Manager course with the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association December 3rd-7th in Everett, WA. The course is taught by experienced industry professionals and is designed for managers and department heads in boatyards, marine service businesses, and boat building companies presently working in or toward leadership roles. NMTA members may register for the course at ABBRA member rates, a savings of over $450.


The ABBRA CMSM is an invaluable resource in upskilling your workforce or furthering your career in the boatyard, marine service, or boat building sectors of the marine industry. In the four-day course, participants gain new insights on issues and challenges common throughout boatyard, boat repair and boat building businesses from their peers and seasoned instructors. Attendees also establish strong and lasting networks of contacts in the industry throughout the country.
Course registration is now open, and is limited to 30 participants. Register early to ensure your place in the course. We hope to see you there!
Participants will leave with a concrete understanding of how to:
ü  Improve themselves, their work habits and leadership skills, including time management, scheduling, work force management and corporate communication.

ü  Manage repair and refit projects in the context of operational workflow.

ü  Meet environmental management and safety standards.

ü  Build and deliver a highly functioning customer service system, increase customers’ satisfaction and loyalty.

ü  Avoid common legal issues and understand the basics of maritime law and how it affects business operations.

ü  Build teams and motivate employees.

ü  Deal with emergencies such as fire, storms and accidents.

ü  Additional topics such as; administrative efficiencies, facility management and codes and standards.

Course Descriptions:

Personal Development/Time Management
The participant will become familiar with the soft skills that are critical to running a successful operation. The module covers self-motivation, team building, communication skills, planning, decision making, problem-solving and time management.
Human Resource Management for boat builders, repairers & service businesses
This module will address potential HR issues, valuing differences, and take a closer look at building productive teams and other factors that result in providing the quality product your customer deserves.
Leadership in Boatyard Health, Safety and Emergency Response
If you are a Boatyard, Boat Builder or Marine Service business trying to be successful in this economy, complying with environmental, health & safety regulations has become challenging in recent years. A successful program, requires a plan that insures you are inspection ready and includes paperwork, training, accountability and basic site safety. During this portion of the course, we will give you the tools necessary to properly and effectively manage your environmental, health and safety program.
Understanding General Maritime Law Concepts
Legal considerations and the anticipation of legal entanglements are an everyday part of marine service operations, and the competencies gained in this area will affect a service facility’s bottom line. The course will focus on how a manager can direct operations to minimize the potential for legal conflicts in the context of liability and risk management. We will identify steps to rectify situations that can lead to expensive losses.
Job Estimating and Project Management
Estimating is often considered the most difficult and one of the most important parts of a refit, a repair job or a custom build. This module will address the difference between an estimate and a quote, appropriate use of time and materials vs. a fixed price and how to handle change orders. From initial work order to final payment, these sessions will cover the phases of managing a work order, seeing to its successful completion, on time, and reflecting quality workmanship at a fair price.
 Study Tour

In addition to the lectures and interactive discussions, ABBRA’s MSM participants will participate in a study tour at a local boatyard and a boat building company where they will apply their newly gained insights to identifying problems and good business practices as well as proposing corrective measures and modifications based on their observations. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

NMTA Annual Meeting, November 8 - Register now!

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Join NMTA members and staff Wednesday, November 8 for the NMTA Annual Meeting at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott.
This year, Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s Seafood Company, will be the featured speaker. Donegan is active in the Seattle community and will share highlights, stories, and knowledge of Seattle and it’s maritime background that he has gained since joining Ivar’s as Chief Fin Officer in 1997.
NMTA is especially excited to welcome you to the Seattle waterfront for this event to showcase our new venue for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show - Bell Harbor Marina! Each registered attendee to the Annual Meeting will also receive a complimentary parking pass to the Bell Street Garage for the evening, the site of our free parking promotion for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show. Be the first to try our big promotion!
What: NMTA Annual Meeting
Where: Seattle Waterfront Marriott
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
When: Nov. 8, 2017 - 6 to 9 p.m.
Registration: $20/person
Includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

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Register now for the NMTA Annual Meeting - November 8
2017AnnualMeetingSavetheDateHQ
Join NMTA members and staff Wednesday, November 8 for the NMTA Annual Meeting at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott.
This year, Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s Seafood Company, will be the featured speaker. Donegan is active in the Seattle community and will share highlights, stories, and knowledge of Seattle and it’s maritime background that he has gained since joining Ivar’s as Chief Fin Officer in 1997.
NMTA is especially excited to welcome you to the Seattle waterfront for this event to showcase our new venue for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show - Bell Harbor Marina! Each registered attendee to the Annual Meeting will also receive a complimentary parking pass to the Bell Street Garage for the evening, the site of our free parking promotion for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show. Be the first to try our big promotion!
What: NMTA Annual Meeting
Where: Seattle Waterfront Marriott
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
When: Nov. 8, 2017 - 6 to 9 p.m.
Registration: $20/person
Includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Sponsored by:


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