I attended the Snider Creek meeting in Forks earlier this week. Testifying in favor of the guide welfare program was the city attorney of Forks. I was reminded of a couple other fishery issues and the position Forks took (or pushed) and realized that they are always on the wrong side of the issue.
The wild steelhead retention moratorium was stopped because the City of Forks fought hard against it. They were wrong as wild steelhead numbers continue their downward slide.
Then I remembered going to meetings regarding halibut when I ran a charter boat. The City of Forks was actively pushing to open closed areas and start the season later in May. All of the charter boats stated that these ideas would only work to shorten the season which wouldn't benefit anyone. What happened since those rules were put in place. First, the halibut fishery is often open for less than a week's worth of days compared to three weeks to a month when these meetings took place. None of the charter boat captains who attended those meetings are running boats out of Neah Bay or La Push anymore. Forks in this case was wrong again when it came to managing fisheries.
Now Forks is pushing to keep the Snider Creek broodstock hatchery program open without additional restrictions. Seems to me we should look back at their history of being 100% wrong on fisheries management and totally disregard their opinion on this hatchery.
The City of Forks is incapable of making a good decision when it comes to our fisheries.
Also, how much of the Sol Duc runs through incorporated Forks? None... which should be the amount of sway they have on this decision considering their past when it comes to fisheries.