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June 02, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
Fish issues on center stage at June 13 commission meeting
PORT ANGELES -- Fishing issues will take center stage when the Washington
Fish and Wildlife Commission holds a meeting here on June 13.
The one-day meeting begins at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to adjourn at 4:45 p.m. It
will be held at the Olympic/Juan de Fuca Room of the Doubletree Hotel, 221 North
Lincoln in Port Angeles.
In the afternoon, the commission will consider delegating authority to Director
Bern Shanks to improve management of Puget Sound groundfish by approving the
Puget Sound Groundfish Management Plan, implementing individual stock conservation
and use plans and negotiating co-management agreements with tribes.
It also will consider establishing marine protected areas in a move to rebuild
Puget Sound fish stocks. The commission also is scheduled to vote on a rebuilding plan
for Olympia oyster stocks.
Another proposal before the commission would increase the size limit for lingcod
caught in the ocean by anglers from 22 to 24 inches.
The morning session will feature staff briefings on:
- Effects of marine mammal predation on fish and shellfish stocks
- Efforts to renegotiate the Columbia River fish management plan to rebuild fish
The commission also is scheduled to consider commercial regulation changes
affecting trawl record keeping and shrimp fishing.
- Controlling nuisance aquatic species such as zebra mussels and green crabs