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Grays Harbor Salmon Management

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled eight public meetings this fall and winter to discuss and develop a new draft policy for managing salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor.

The public meetings are part of a nearly five-month process to develop the new draft policy specifically for Grays Harbor salmon management. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for WDFW, is scheduled to consider adopting the draft policy in mid-February.

Salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor are currently managed under a framework that was initially developed in 2007, in conjunction with the commission’s North of Falcon policy.

The goal is to further refine the management of Grays Harbor salmon fisheries to help ensure fishery managers meet spawning goals for wild salmon returning to the basin, as well as give anglers and commercial fishers a clearer picture of what fishing opportunities they can expect each year.

The public meetings include three workshops and five Grays Harbor Advisory Committee meetings. The advisory committee discussions are open to the public, and those in attendance will have an opportunity to comment at the end of each meeting.

Public Meetings

October 21, 2013
Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; WDFW’s Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

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October 28, 2013
Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; WDFWs Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

November 1, 2013
WDFW fishery managers will host a public workshop from 6-8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano.

November 13, 2013
Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; WDFWs Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

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November 18, 2013
Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; WDFWs Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

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November 26, 2013
WDFW fishery managers will host a public workshop from 6-8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano.

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December 6-7, 2013
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, Natural Resources Building - 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501
First Floor, Room 172

View Meeting Materials (see handouts on Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda item #14)

January 10-11, 2014
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, Comfort Inn Conference Center 1620 74th Avenue SW, Tumwater WA 98501

View Meeting Materials (see handouts on Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda item #12)

January 13, 2014
Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; WDFWs Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

January 15, 2014
WDFW fishery managers will host a public workshop from 6-8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano.

February 7-8, 2014
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, Comfort Inn Conference Center 1620 74th Avenue SW, Tumwater WA 98501

View Meeting Materials (see handouts on Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda item #14)

WDFW fishery managers briefed the Fish and Wildlife Commission on the development of the draft policy during the commission’s November meeting in Olympia.

WDFW will develop a range of policy options that will be discussed during the December commission meeting in Olympia. The commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the draft policy options during its January meeting in Olympia.

The commission is scheduled to make a final decision at its February meeting in Olympia.