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January 21, 1999
Contact: Jeff Weathersby (360) 902-2256

Commission to consider fishing, tribal hunting guidelines Feb. 5-6

OLYMPIA--Fishing and tribal hunting issues will be the focus of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission's Feb. 5-6 meeting here, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 5 in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE. The Feb. 6 meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the same location.

Fish issues to be considered on Feb. 5 include:

  • Adoption of the 1999-2000 sportfishing rules
  • Endorsement of the PATH process results as the biological basis for formulating decisions concerning the operation and configuration of the federal Snake River power system.
  • A briefing on an interagency plan to manage leases and permits for construction of a new pier and sewage discharges at Cherry Point, which once was the location of Puget Sound's largest herring stock. That stock is in serious decline

WDFW staff also will brief the commission on the results of a feasibility study for mandatory training for bowhunters.

The commission at 8 a.m. Feb. 6 will receive a staff briefing on draft state-tribal hunting management guidelines as well as a proposed schedule for taking the guidelines through a public review process. No public testimony on the draft guidelines will be taken at this meeting.

Then the commission will consider adopting permanent policy guidelines for WDFW staff use during the North of Falcon salmon season-setting public process. That process begins with a Feb. 25 public meeting to announce WDFW's estimates for 1999 salmon runs returning to Washington waters, to be held at 10 a.m. in the General Administration Building, 210 11th St. in Olympia.

The North of Falcon process culminates during the week of April 5-9 in Sacramento, Calif., when salmon fishing seasons for Washington waters and the ocean will be announced.