600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
May 30, 1997
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073; Joe Foster, (509) 754-4624
Learn about warmwater fisheries at June 12 meeting in Moses Lake
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and members of the
Central Washington Fisheries Advisory Committee will host a public meeting June 12 in
Moses Lake to share information about warmwater fisheries management under the
state's new warmwater enhancement program funded by a new $5 warmwater
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Frontier Junior High School, 517
W. 3rd St. in Moses Lake.
WDFW director Bern Shanks will address agency management of warmwater
fish species under the 1996 state legislation that established a fund through a $5
license surcharge on bass, walleye, channel catfish, crappie, and tiger musky.
Committee, will talk about the legislative intent of that measure, known as Substitute
Senate Bill 5159.
WDFW warmwater program manager Bill Zook will cover current and future
spending of the new fund. WDFW eastside hatcheries manager John Kerwin will give a
status report on the Ringold Springs Warmwater Hatchery. Other WDFW fish
managers from the local region will present information about historical warmwater fish
management in the Columbia Basin, new initiatives and Moses Lake fish survey results.
Central Washington Fisheries Advisory Committee members Rod Meseberg and
Ron Sawyer will moderate the panel of presenters.