OLYMPIA – Updates and additional information on draft management alternatives for marine fish fisheries in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca have been posted on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website.
The updated webpage, available on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/marinearea4/, includes revised management alternatives, information on the ad hoc focus group that worked with WDFW earlier this year during the development of the original proposals, updated maps and descriptions of marine habitat in the area.
“The additional information and revisions are based on input we received during three public meetings last month,” said Craig Burley, fish management division manager for WDFW. “I encourage people to review the updated information and provide us comments on the draft proposals.”
WDFW is accepting comments on the proposals through Dec. 4. Comments can be submitted by email to Ami.Hollingsworth@dfw.wa.gov or by U.S. Mail to: Ami Hollingsworth, 600 Capitol Way N. Olympia, WA 98501-1091.
The proposals address management of recreational and commercial fisheries for marine fish in waters stretching from the mouth of the Sekiu River west to the Bonilla-Tatoosh line in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay).
WDFW staff is scheduled to brief the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission – a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for department – on the revised alternatives and management objectives during the commission’s December meeting in Olympia. A public hearing on the draft proposals also is scheduled for the December commission meeting.
The commission is expected to take final action on the proposals during its February 2011 meeting.