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

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November 03, 1999
Contact: Debbie Nelson, (360) 902-2267
or Craig Bartlett, (360) 902-2259

Fish and Wildlife Commission plans November workshop

OLYMPIA The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will be briefed on proposed new sportfishing rules, the status of big game species and a variety of other issues at a workshop scheduled Nov. 12-13 here.

No official action is scheduled on any of the agenda items, but workshop briefings by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff will help to set the framework for decisions at the commission's meeting Dec. 10-11 in Vancouver.

The two-day workshop this month will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. The public is invited to attend.

Staff briefings are scheduled on such key issues as:

  • Sportfish rule proposals for the 2000-01 season, including the potential closure of some eastern Washington streams to rainbow trout fishing as a way to recover endangered steelhead stocks. New fishing rules for north coast steelhead, possession limits for salmon, and a shorter season for lingcod spearfishing also will be discussed.
  • The status of game species, including elk and deer, in Washington state. This briefing will help set the stage for the three-year hunting season package the commission will adopt next April.
  • The potential listing of 18 species of marine fish -- including Pacific cod, hake and pollack -- as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • A proposed rule to convert Puget Sound commercial shrimp fisheries to a limited entry fishery, as directed by the legislature.
  • A proposal to discontinue commercial dogfish fisheries in the northern and southern Puget Sound until populations recover.
  • Efforts by WDFW to comply with the Endangered Species Act with regard to its hydraulics approval program.
  • Management and regulation of Atlantic salmon aquaculture.
  • Management strategies for the sport and commercial sturgeon fisheries on the Columbia River.
  • WDFW program activities, financial condition and progress toward complying with Year 2000 date requirements.

The commission meeting scheduled for Dec. 10-11 will be held at the Double Tree Hotel at the Quay, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver.