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November 13, 2003
Contact: Pat Pattillo, (360) 902-2705

WDFW seeks nominations to fishery advisory group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is currently accepting nominations through Dec. 5 for membership on its sport fishing advisory group.

Up to 20 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve as citizen advisers in 2004, providing guidance to the department in establishing fishing seasons that meet conservation and harvest goals for salmon and marine fish.

Members of the Anadromous and Marine Resources Sport Fishing Advisory Group are also expected to participate in the annual North of Falcon season-setting process and communicate policy decisions to sport fishing groups in their areas.

"We're looking for people with first-hand knowledge of the fisheries and an ability to communicate with both fishery managers and their fellow anglers," said Pat Pattillo, WDFW salmon policy coordinator. "Our advisors are a key link between the department and the fishing community."

Nominees need not be affiliated with an organized group and current members of the advisory group may be reappointed.

Nominations must be received by Dec. 5. Submit nominations to the attention of Pat Pattillo, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 6000 Capitol Way N., Olympia WA 98501-1091, or fax to (360) 902-2158. For more information, contact Pattillo directly at (360) 902-2705.