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June 02, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

Fish issues on center stage at June 13 commission meeting

PORT ANGELES -- Fishing issues will take center stage when the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission holds a meeting here on June 13.

The one-day meeting begins at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to adjourn at 4:45 p.m. It will be held at the Olympic/Juan de Fuca Room of the Doubletree Hotel, 221 North Lincoln in Port Angeles.

In the afternoon, the commission will consider delegating authority to Director Bern Shanks to improve management of Puget Sound groundfish by approving the Puget Sound Groundfish Management Plan, implementing individual stock conservation and use plans and negotiating co-management agreements with tribes.

It also will consider establishing marine protected areas in a move to rebuild Puget Sound fish stocks. The commission also is scheduled to vote on a rebuilding plan for Olympia oyster stocks.

Another proposal before the commission would increase the size limit for lingcod caught in the ocean by anglers from 22 to 24 inches.

The morning session will feature staff briefings on:

  • Effects of marine mammal predation on fish and shellfish stocks
  • Efforts to renegotiate the Columbia River fish management plan to rebuild fish runs
  • Controlling nuisance aquatic species such as zebra mussels and green crabs
The commission also is scheduled to consider commercial regulation changes affecting trawl record keeping and shrimp fishing.