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September 25, 2006
Contact: Nancy Burkhart, (360) 902-2449

Fish and Wildlife Commission to hear reports
on fishing rules, hunter education Oct. 6-7

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hear briefings on a number of topics ranging from coastal crab fishing to hunter education at its meeting Oct. 6-7 in Olympia.

The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is scheduled to begin its public meeting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at 1111 Washington Street SE, in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building. The meeting will continue at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7.

During the two-day meeting, the commission will hear reports on:

  • The coastal Dungeness crab fishery.
  • Sportfishing rules proposals for the 2007-08 season.
  • A razor clam mortality study.
  • Draft wildlife area plans.
  • A pilot grazing program, which uses managed livestock to maintain and enhance habitat conditions for wildlife.
  • The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
  • The disposition of properties owned by WDFW in downtown Olympia.
  • Project Black Bear, and the pilot spring black bear damage hunt.
  • The impacts of mineral prospecting and mining on fish and fish habitat.
  • WDFW’s advanced hunter education program.

The commission also is scheduled to consider action on several land acquisitions, and a proposal to limit the use of catch record cards for Dungeness crab to Puget Sound. The current rule requires crabbers statewide to have a catch record card for Dungeness crab.

A preliminary agenda for the meeting is posted on the commission’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/com/oct0706.htm.