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May 14, 2004
Contact: Pat Pattillo, (360) 902-2705

Advisers sought for international salmon panel

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominees to the advisory panel that counsels state representatives to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), an international body dedicated to protecting fish and wildlife on the high seas.

Members of the state advisory council must be Washington residents, with knowledge of salmon, steelhead and other species associated with their lifecycles. Members serve four-year terms with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Pat Pattillo, WDFW salmon policy coordinator, said the department is seeking qualified candidates to fill all five positions on the advisory panel, which is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State.

Of the five members of the Washington advisory panel, at least one must represent commercial fishing interests and another must affiliated with environmental concerns.

"We have a changing of the guard on the advisory panel, and we're looking for people who can fill those shoes," Pattillo said. "The job of conserving our salmon resources doesn't end at the federal 200-mile limit. We're looking for people who understand the dynamics of resource management in Washington state and beyond."

The five members of NPAFC include the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and - most recently - South Korea. Established by international convention in 1992, the organization has focused on enforcing the ban on high-seas salmon fishing and researching salmon productivity in the open ocean.

Nominations to the advisory group must be received by WDFW no later than June 11.

Candidates should submit a resume, along with a statement of their fishery management philosophy and their potential contributions as an adviser to: Deb Kuttel, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091. Submission will also be accepted by e-mail (kuttedak@dfw.wa.gov) or fax (360-902-2158).