OLYMPIA – One lucky person will win a fishing rod and reel just by taking a short survey on a state program established to enhance recreational fisheries in Puget Sound.
The survey is designed to gauge public understanding of the Puget Sound Recreational Salmon and Marine Fish Enhancement Program. The survey is available through March 31 on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/psrfef/survey.html.
The program was created by the state Legislature in 1993 to improve and promote recreational fishing in Puget Sound and support sustainable populations of salmon and marine bottomfish. The program is supported by revenue generated from the sales of certain fishing licenses.
Participants in the survey will be entered into a random drawing for a rod and reel. The winner of the drawing will be selected in late April.
Information from the survey will help state fishery managers shape future fishing opportunities in Puget Sound, said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for WDFW.
“This is a short survey designed to give us a better idea of people’s understanding of the program and where our efforts should be focused in the future,” said Lothrop. “We are looking at how best to improve recreational fisheries in Puget Sound and our efforts to introduce people to sportfishing.”