600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
November 26, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
Wild Salmonid Policy vote set for Dec. 5
OLYMPIA -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to
vote on the adoption of a joint state-tribal Wild Salmonid Policy plus additional
salmonid management policy guidance for the Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
The meeting will take place in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, at
1111 Washington St. SE in Olympia.
The proposed state-tribal policy on which the commission will vote contains
policy direction and language developed with the fisheries staff of the Western
Washington Treaty Tribes. The second document contains additional policy guidance
for the department. They will be applied at the watershed level where the department
will work with individual tribes, other government agencies and citizen groups to rebuild
wild salmonid runs.
The joint policy addresses:
- Sustaining harvests while putting large numbers of wild salmonids on their
- Providing a strong commitment and direction for quality fish habitat
Salmonids include salmon, steelhead and whitefish plus bull, cutthroat and other
- Managing hatcheries to provide fisheries while achieving important genetic
and ecological objectives
No public comments will be taken at the Dec. 5 meeting. The department and
commission have held numerous public hearings on the issue in eastern and western
Washington in recent months.