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
- 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.
The commission will shift to hunting and land management issues in the
afternoon of Dec. 6.
- A staff briefing and public comment on recreational sturgeon fishing
regulations in portions of the Columbia River.
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.