OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled four public meetings this month to discuss potential changes to Dungeness crab fisheries in Puget Sound.
The meetings, which will run from 6-8 p.m., are scheduled for:
- July 21 – Edmonds Senior Center (in the Ballroom), 220 Railroad Ave., in Edmonds.
- July 22 – Mason County PUD No. 3 (in the auditorium), 307 West Cota St., in Shelton.
- July 26 – Skagit County PUD (in the Aqua Room), 1415 Freeway Dr., in Mount Vernon.
- July 27 – Point Hudson Marina (in the Marina Room), 375 Hudson St., in Port Townsend.
The public meetings are part of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s review of its existing management policy for Puget Sound Dungeness crab.
During the meetings, WDFW staff will explain current management objectives of recreational and commercial crab fisheries in Puget Sound along with three potential alternatives for recreational fishing seasons beginning in 2011.
The three potential alternatives are available on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2010/06/ps_dungeness_alternatives.pdf.
In June, the commission selected the three alternatives for further review after receiving input from recreational crabbers and WDFW’s commercial and recreational crab fishery advisory groups.
“These four upcoming meetings are a great opportunity for people to provide input on the potential changes to the Puget Sound crabbing seasons currently being considered by the commission,” said Rich Childers, shellfish policy lead for the department.
In addition to the public meetings, the commission – a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for WDFW – is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the three alternatives during its August 6-7 meeting in Olympia.