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

December 06, 1999
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

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Sportfishing rule change comment opportunity highlights Dec. 10-11 commission meeting

OLYMPIA–The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public comment and receive a staff briefing on proposed sportfishing rule changes as well as take public comment when it meets Dec. 10 and 11 in Vancouver.

In addition to the briefing, the commission will consider a host of fishing and hunting issues when it meets at 9 a.m. Dec. 10 in the Centennial Center of the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver. The Dec. 11 meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Centennial Center.

Highlights of issues scheduled for consideration Dec. 10 include:

  • Setting black bear permit seasons and quotas for 2000 in the Blue Mountains
  • Regulation changes for commercial shrimp, sea urchin and sea cucumber fisheries
  • Changes to commercial fish ticket rules
  • Clarifications for a number of game management units
  • Providing state protection to Olympic mudminnows, mardon skipper butterflies and northern leopard frogs
  • Simplifying regulations governing Marine Protected Areas

At the Saturday meeting, the public and commission will receive a staff briefing and take public comment on proposed 2000-2001 sportfishing rule changes. The commission will vote on the rule changes at its Feb. 4-5 meeting in Anacortes.

The Saturday meeting also features staff updates on the North of Falcon and Pacific Fishery Management Council salmon season-setting processes and on Puget Sound Dungeness crab and shrimp fishery policies.

The commission also will consider a proposed regulation that would ban the sale of live fish for human consumption. WDFW biologists are concerned that commercial harvests of live fish, which are popular in California and other states, would create conservation and bycatch problems.

Sturgeon management objectives and guidelines for sport and commercial harvests in the Columbia River and in Pacific Ocean coastal waters also are scheduled to be adopted for the years 2000-2002 during the Saturday session.

For more information, the public is invited to review the commission's preliminary meeting agenda.