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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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May 15, 2015
Contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 249-1201

WDFW seeks comments on
Willapa Bay salmon policy

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments through June 3 on a new draft policy to improve salmon management in Willapa Bay.

State fishery managers have been working since last October with a citizen committee and the public to develop draft options for a new policy for Willapa Bay salmon fisheries. The revised policy includes provisions to conserve wild salmon, clarify catch allocation, and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in the bay.

The policy is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/willapa_bay_salmon/. Written comments may be submitted via email to willapabay@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to Steve Thiesfeld, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

At its April meeting, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for WDFW, asked the department to provide options that immediately accelerate the recovery of natural-origin chinook salmon. These options would reduce the incidental catch of wild fish while encouraging the harvest of hatchery chinook.

WDFW has developed two new options, bringing the total of alternatives for consideration to five.

WDFW staff members will provide a briefing on the options to the commission at its June meeting. The commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on the policy and is expected to take action at the meeting Saturday, June 13, in Olympia.

Information about upcoming commission meetings can be found online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.