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  1. I have lived in Washington for the last 14 years, I live on the Olympic Peninsula,where I work as a professional fly fisherman and guide. There is no aspect of our regional fisheries, habitats, watersheds, or the fish, that has not been influenced in some way by the good things that Billy Frank Jr created through his life of activism and advocacy. The more that I have studied the history of our salmon, rivers and people, the greater grows my humble respect for this truly great, wise man. I have never questioned the tribes right to fish. Even when it became clear to me that there are some runs of wild fish that we should not be fishing for anymore. As a non – tribal fisherman and guide I made the difficult decision to cease fishing for wild winter steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula. We cannot blame the tribes for the last 150 years of development and resource extraction, and the plunder of our fisheries. We are all responsible. We all need to change our ways. I too mourn the loss of this great teacher and hero. But I am also very sure that his spirit will endure through the so many good habitat restoration projects, in the ongoing efforts to protect and sustain our wild rivers and fish, and through the salmon coming home.

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