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

November 27, 1996
Contact: Sandi Snell, 360-902-2229
Tim Waters, 206-775-1311, ext. 119

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Commission to focus on fishing and hunting issues at Dec. 6-7 Bellingham meeting

BELLINGHAM -- Recreational and commercial fishing issues as well as hunting seasons will highlight the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission's regular meeting scheduled here for Dec. 6 and 7.

The meeting opens at 8 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Allied Arts Multi-Use Facility, 1418 Cornwall Ave. in Bellingham. The meeting continues Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.

The Dec. 6 meeting will feature fishing issues. They include:

  • A staff briefing and public comment on the department's proposed 1997-98 sportfishing rules.
  • A staff briefing and public comment on a department proposal to protect the declining Pacific cod population from commercial fishing in portions of Puget Sound.
  • A staff briefing on the status of the development of the state's Wild Salmonid Policy. A final draft of the policy is scheduled to be completed in April.
  • A staff briefing and public comment on recreational sturgeon fishing regulations in portions of the Columbia River.
The commission will shift to hunting and land management issues in the afternoon of Dec. 6.

Agenda items include adoption of an emergency rule for hunts by landowners to reduce elk and deer damage, amendments to some game management units and standards, policies and plans for private lands wildlife management areas.

Adoption of 1997-99 hunting seasons for deer, bear, elk, moose, mountain sheep, goat and cougar as well as small game is scheduled for Dec. 7.

An elk management plan is on the agenda for Dec. 7.

Citizens will have frequent opportunities to comment on agenda items throughout the two-day meeting.