Willapa Bay Gillnetters begin legal challenge to new salmon management policy

A group of commercial gillnet fishermen filed a petition June 30, seeking judicial review of a new salmon willapa bay gillnetter policy on Willapa Bay. The Willapa Bay Gillnetters Association, represented by attorneys Ryen Godwin and Gregory Jacoby of Tacoma-based McGavick Graves, argues the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife acted outside of statuary authority when it placed restrictions on fishing times, place, manner and fishing method in the policy instead of in a rule. The attorneys also claim the department acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” Read the rest here 12:42

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