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December 01, 2008
Contact: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267

Fish and Wildlife Commission
appoints interim WDFW director

OLYMPIA—In a special meeting, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to accept the resignation of Jeffrey P. Koenings, Ph.D., from his position as director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), effective Dec. 11, and appointed Phil Anderson as interim department director.

Anderson has been the department's deputy director for resource policy since July 2007. Anderson also serves as the department's representative to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). In that role, Anderson heads up the North of Falcon process, which sets annual salmon-fishing seasons for marine waters including Puget Sound and the coast. Anderson is a resident of Westport who joined the WDFW staff in 1994.

The commission, a citizen body appointed by the governor, will begin a nation-wide search for a permanent WDFW director in 2009, according to Jerry Gutzwiler, commission chair.

"The Commission is extremely grateful to Dr. Koenings for his service and contributions as director of the department for the past 10 years," Gutzwiler said.