September 25, 1996
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, 360-902-2256
Commission to discuss salmon, razor clam and elk issues
TACOMA -- Washington's declining salmon and steelhead stocks, the incidental catch
of untargeted fish and other animals, and razor clams will highlight the Washington Fish
and Wildlife Commission's public study sessions for Friday and Saturday.
The commission will begin meeting at 8 a.m. Friday in the Olympian and Echo rooms at
the La Quinta Inn in Tacoma at 1425 E. 27th St.
Friday's session ends at 5:30 p.m. The Saturday session also begins at 8 a.m.
Friday's agenda includes:
Saturday's agenda includes:
- A status report and commission discussion on the effort by the Department of Fish
and Wildlife and other state agencies and tribes to develop a Wild Salmonid Policy that
will serve as the roadmap to rebuilding salmon and steelhead stocks.
- A staff briefing on the department's proposed management plan for elk.
- A discussion of how animal species may be added to the list of the state's
Endangered Species Act. Commissioners also will discuss which species may be
removed from the list.
Because these are study sessions, no official actions are expected to be taken.
Public testimony will occur at later meetings as a prelude to commission decision
- A discussion of fish bycatch issues. The 8 a.m. session will provide an opportunity for
the public to discuss with department staff the incidental catch of unwanted fish and
other animals during fisheries. There will be follow-up discussion with staff and
commissioner on development of a bycatch policy.
- A briefing on proposed razor clam season changes for this fall.