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

October 30, 1996
Contact: Ed Isenson 360-902-2408

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Commission holds workshop

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission opens a two-day workshop in Olympia Friday with a meeting with representatives of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission to discuss joint planning issues.

Tribes and the state agency are co-managers of many of Washington's fish and wildlife species as a result of court decisions interpreting treaties between the government and Indian tribes.

Workshops are held regularly by the Fish and Wildlife Commission to hear presentations from the department staff and discuss policy issues outside of scheduled decision-making meetings. The workshop is public, but participation is limited to commissioners, agency staff and invited guests. The commission takes no public testimony or formal action at workshops.

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and continues at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Aladdin Motor Inn, 900 Capitol Way South, Olympia.

Among the issues before the commission Friday are:

  • Report on status of the 21st Century Wild draft document on wild salmon and steelhead policy
  • An overview of the lands and restoration services program
  • Briefing on 1997-98 sportfish rule proposal
  • Briefing on proposed commercial fishing rules for bottonfish
  • Review of management objectives and concepts for the commercial urchin and sea cucumber fisheries

Issues on Saturday's agenda include:
  • Briefing on Puget Sound commercial crab and shrimp fisheries
  • Review management objectives for the coastal commercial Dungeness crab fishery
  • Briefing on wild steelhead stocks protection measures that could be put into place now
  • Update on current hunting seasons
  • Consider approval of a final environmental impact statement of the Elk Management Plan