OLYMPIA—Hunting and fishing regulations and mineral prospecting rules will be the focus of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Friday and Saturday (Dec. 4 and 5) at the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport.
Friday's meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Evergreen Rooms 1 and 2 at the Doubletree at 18740 Pacific Highway S. Saturday's meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the same location.
The Friday session will focus on hunting issues as well as new regulations for mineral prospecting in rivers. The hunting proposals include rules to:
- Allow a spring permit hunt for black bears in the Blue Mountains
- Increase the cougar limit and shorten the 1999 fall black bear season in the Blue Mountains
- Set 1999-2000 official hunting hours and set small game and special hunting seasons
- Set big game and turkey auction permits and raffles
On Saturday, the commission will consider regulations that would:
- Prohibit the transfer of European green crabs within Washington
- Establish ocean commercial shrimp fisheries
- Limit commercial coastal Dungeness crab fishing to within four miles of the Washington coast from July 1 through Sept. 15
WDFW staff also will brief the commission on several issues, including proposed 1999-2000 sportfishing rules; Columbia River salmon management and the status of efforts to develop a state-tribal framework plan for hunting.