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November 26, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

Wild Salmonid Policy vote set for Dec. 5

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to vote on the adoption of a joint state-tribal Wild Salmonid Policy plus additional salmonid management policy guidance for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

The meeting will take place in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, at 1111 Washington St. SE in Olympia.

The proposed state-tribal policy on which the commission will vote contains policy direction and language developed with the fisheries staff of the Western Washington Treaty Tribes. The second document contains additional policy guidance for the department. They will be applied at the watershed level where the department will work with individual tribes, other government agencies and citizen groups to rebuild wild salmonid runs.

The joint policy addresses:

  • Sustaining harvests while putting large numbers of wild salmonids on their spawning grounds
  • Providing a strong commitment and direction for quality fish habitat
  • Managing hatcheries to provide fisheries while achieving important genetic and ecological objectives
Salmonids include salmon, steelhead and whitefish plus bull, cutthroat and other trout species.

No public comments will be taken at the Dec. 5 meeting. The department and commission have held numerous public hearings on the issue in eastern and western Washington in recent months.