http://www.king5.com/article/tech/s...r-demands-by-wildlife-activists/281-511618916 Here is a link to yesterdays King 5 interview. PSA had to step out of the box and go after Director Unsworth. Some of the other groups wanted to keep him. I kept hearing that the devil you dont know could be worse than the devil you do. I did my reasearch and was far ahead of the others so I made the decision to go after him, he was a friend mind you, that did not make this easy. My response was really? He did not do his home work and just put a potential 12 year travesty on Washington state that went far beyond required. I just want to clear the air as I am also hearing bad time to take out the director before NOF. NO IT IS NOT! I want to put this out for you to understand why it was important. Then we can put this behind us. PSA has members on fishery advisory bodies, federal, state, and partnerships with WDFW. We have people working North of Falcon negotiations where we divide up the salmon between tribes, commercials, and recreationals. I always check in and follow up on NOF, Pacific Salmon Treaty (Our salmon treaty between Canada, US, and Alaska) and talk with commissioners/staff. We gave the director time to learn the ropes. When checking with our members and staff working all of these negotiations I get a report of how things are coming along. When I bring up what does Director Unsworth say, most of the time I hear, "He would have to be here to say something." His attendance record on issues that we consider a major part of his job, he is not attending to make sure that the best possible decisions are made on our behalf. PFMC/NOF 2017 Vancouver Washington meeting he was only there 1 of the 6 days. He was reading the newspaper during the Washington Caucus on the day he was there. At the Sacramento PFMC/NOF 2017 final negotiations, where it was time to come to agreement with the tribes. He was out at the swimming pool with his grandkids. The tribes and anyone could see him out there. They were so insulted that our #1 negotiator was not in meeting with with them trying to conclude the deal. They were upset and NOF 2017 was not going to be signed. This is the following year after non agreement at NOF 2016. Not many people know this. JT Austin of the Governer's office had to get involved with previous WDFW director Phil Anderson. They went to Chair Lorraine Loomis of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. It took some work but they were able to convince her and the tribes to commit to an agreement. Director Unsworth had made the tribes so angry they were not going to sign.So we would have not fished in 2017 either had not JT and Phil gotten involved. In talking with one of the eastern commissioners telling him of the lack of the Directors attendance at our most important fisheries meetings, I made the mention that our fisheries are complex and hard to follow but feel the director is no longer going to engage with our fisheries at the level required. He is probably doing a good job with land issues where grizzlies and wolves are involved and more in his background. The reply was that he was not showing up at the wolf meetings either. This was a real eye opener. He is not showing up at those meetings too? The tribes demand to deal with our Director, the top negotiator for us. They felt disrespect from him that he cannot come to those meetings in person. I felt he gave up on knowing fisheries and was no longer gong to engage in them. I hope this helps you to understand.