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January 12, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

Fishing season and state-tribal hunting issues to highlight Jan. 23-24 commission meeting

LA CONNER -- A variety of major sport and commercial fishing issues along with an opportunity for the public to discuss state-tribal cooperative hunting management will highlight the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting here Jan. 23 and 24.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Maple Hall auditorium, 108 Commercial St.

The commission is scheduled to adopt 1998-99 sportfishing rules during the afternoon of Jan. 23. At 7 p.m., department staff will discuss recent court decisions affecting tribal hunting rights as well results of a government-to-government meeting with tribal leaders scheduled for Jan. 15. Public comments will be taken on state-tribal hunting issues.

The commission is scheduled to vote on a number of key fish conservation and fishing season-setting policies after the Jan. 24 meeting begins at 8 a.m. at Maple Hall.

Agenda items include:

  • Guidelines for the 1998 North of Falcon salmon fishing season-setting process
  • Commercial groundfish regulations for Puget Sound
  • Commercial shrimp fishing regulations for Puget Sound
  • Commercial crab fishing regulations for Puget Sound and the coast
  • Development of a forage fish conservation policy