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

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August 23, 2001
Contact: Bob Leland, (360) 902-2817

Fish and Wildlife Commission plans steelhead symposium

OLYMPIA Northwest steelhead stocks will be the focus of a day-long symposium sponsored by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission next month in Seattle.

Fisheries professionals from Washington, neighboring states and British Columbia will present the latest information on aspects of steelhead management, including harvest objectives, hooking mortality and escapement goals.

The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear what panelists have to say during roundtable discussions about the current status of wild steelhead in the Pacific Northwest.

The symposium is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in Room A of the Seattle Center Pavilion.

"As with salmon, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is faced with a number of important decisions about steelhead management in the months and years ahead," said Commissioner Van Van Gytenbeek. "This forum is designed to give commissioners, biologists and the general public a better understanding of those issues."

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, with nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate, is the policy-setting body for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The Northwest Power Planning Council is providing financial support for the day-long symposium.

Information about the symposium and a registration form are available on the WDFW website. For additional information, contact Bob Leland, WDFW steelhead program manager, at (360) 902-2817. For any special accommodation needs, contact Debbie Nelson, commission operations manager, at (360) 902-2267 or TDD (360) 902-2207.