WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 18, 2009
Contact: Heather Bartlett, (360) 902-2662

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Positions open on new sportfishing panel
for Columbia Basin salmon, steelhead

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for a new citizen advisory board responsible for reviewing plans to improve sport fishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to the board, which will be composed of six to 10 people affiliated with recreational fishing organizations in the region.

The board’s primary role will be to advise WDFW on implementation of the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Pilot Endorsement Program, approved by state lawmakers during the 2009 legislative session.

Board members will also serve as an important communication link with the fishing public, said Heather Bartlett, WDFW salmon and steelhead division manager.

“People seeking appointment to the board should have a solid background in Columbia River fishery management, along with the ability to communicate effectively with anglers and anglers’ organizations,” Bartlett said.

The board will meet at least three times per year to review and evaluate program implementation, program expenditures and provide recommendations consistent with the intent of the pilot endorsement program, she said.

Board members will serve two-year terms, effective 2010, and can be reappointed. WDFW will provide financial assistance with meeting-related travel costs.

Nominations must be mailed no later than July 15 to: Heather Bartlett, Salmon and Steelhead Division Manager, at 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501-1091. More information is available by contacting Heather, at (360) 902-2662.

Nominations must include the following information:

  • The name of the advisory group the nominee is applying for.

  • The nominee's name, physical and email address and telephone number.

  • The nominee's affiliations.

  • The name, address and telephone number of any organization submitting a nomination.

  • Experience, including the amount and type of experience, and any species or areas of interest, and references.