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

September 17, 2001
Contact: Bob Leland, (360) 902-2817

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Steelhead symposium gets under way Saturday

OLYMPIA If you have questions about the direction of steelhead management on the west coast, you'll have a prime opportunity to get them answered at a day-long symposium Saturday (Sept. 22) at the Seattle Center.

Steelhead experts will converge from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and British Columbia to present the latest information on aspects of steelhead management, including harvest objectives, hooking mortality and escapement goals.

The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear what panelists have to say during roundtable discussions about the current status of wild steelhead in the Pacific Northwest.

The symposium, sponsored by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in Room A of the Seattle Center Pavilion. The Northwest Power Planning Council is providing financial support for the day-long symposium.

"As with salmon, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is faced with a number of important decisions about steelhead management in the months and years ahead," said Commissioner R.P Van Gytenbeek. "This forum is designed to give commissioners, biologists and the general public a better understanding of those issues."

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, with nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate, is the policy-setting body for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Information about the symposium and a registration form are available on the WDFW website. For additional information, contact Bob Leland, WDFW steelhead program manager, at (360) 902-2817. For any special accommodation needs, contact Debbie Nelson, commission operations manager, at (360) 902-2267 or TDD (360) 902-2207.