600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
January 12, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
Fishing season and state-tribal hunting issues to highlight Jan. 23-24 commission meeting
LA CONNER -- A variety of major sport and commercial fishing issues along
with an opportunity for the public to discuss state-tribal cooperative hunting
management will highlight the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting here Jan. 23 and 24.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Maple Hall
auditorium, 108 Commercial St.
The commission is scheduled to adopt 1998-99 sportfishing rules during the
afternoon of Jan. 23. At 7 p.m., department staff will discuss recent court decisions
affecting tribal hunting rights as well results of a government-to-government meeting
with tribal leaders scheduled for Jan. 15. Public comments will be taken on state-tribal
The commission is scheduled to vote on a number of key fish conservation and
fishing season-setting policies after the Jan. 24 meeting begins at 8 a.m. at Maple Hall.
Agenda items include:
- Guidelines for the 1998 North of Falcon salmon fishing season-setting process
- Commercial groundfish regulations for Puget Sound
- Commercial shrimp fishing regulations for Puget Sound
- Commercial crab fishing regulations for Puget Sound and the coast
- Development of a forage fish conservation policy