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

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December 31, 1996
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

Commission workshop to feature meeting with tribal leaders, briefings on fish issues

LACEY -- A meeting with tribal leaders as well as briefings on salmon, shrimp, crab and other fishery management issues will highlight Friday and Saturday's workshop of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The workshop is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lacey Community Center, Woodland Creek Community Park, 6729 Pacific Ave. S.E. in Lacey. The meeting with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission is scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The commission is scheduled to hear a department briefing on the possible threat posed by Atlantic salmon to native fish species at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday's session is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with a briefing on the coastal spot shrimp fishery. Department briefings on the management of the crab, razor clam, Hood Canal shrimp and salmon fisheries also are scheduled to occur on Saturday morning.

The commission is scheduled to be briefed on the status of the state's Wild Salmonid Policy at 10:50 a.m. The commission will receive a preliminary forecast of the 1997 salmon fishing season at approximately 11:10 a.m.

The commission will receive a variety of other reports from department employees and interested citizens on each of the two days.

No formal commission actions are scheduled for these workshop sessions.

The commission's next formal meeting is scheduled for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Port Townsend.