Search News Releases

Search mode:
"and" "or"
Search in:
Recent News Releases
(Last 30 days)
All News Releases
Emergency Fishing Rule Changes
Sport Fishing Rule Changes
Fish and Shellfish Health Advisories & Closures
Marine Biotoxin Bulletin
Beach closures due to red tide and other marine toxins
Local Fish Consumption Advisories
Health advisories due to contaminants
Fish Facts for Healthy Nutrition
Information on mercury, PCBs and other contaminants in fish
News Releases Archive
2014
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
2013
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
2012
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
MORE ARCHIVES...
 

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


  Digg it!  StumbleUpon  Reddit

September 01, 2009
Contact: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267

Commission to select permanent director,
consider hatchery and fishery reform policy

OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission plans to select a permanent director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) during a public meeting Sept. 11-12 in Olympia.

The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for WDFW, will convene both days at 8:30 a.m. in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E.

During the two-day meeting, the commission is scheduled to select one of two candidates for WDFW director. The commission interviewed six applicants for the director’s position before selecting two finalists.

WDFW’s former director, Jeff Koenings, resigned last December after serving for a decade. Since then, Phil Anderson has served as interim director.

In other action, the commission is scheduled to vote on a proposed hatchery and fishery reform policy. The proposed policy would establish new guidelines for hatchery operations and fishery management to expedite the recovery of wild salmon and steelhead while also supporting sustainable fisheries.

The commission was originally scheduled to vote on the policy during its July meeting, but delayed action pending further review. The proposed policy is available on the commission’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

In addition, the commission is scheduled to consider a land exchange with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Under the proposal, about 5,000 acres of forestland currently managed by WDFW would be exchanged for about 9,000 acres of shrub-steppe managed by DNR.

The proposed exchange – primarily involving land in Kittitas and Yakima counties – is designed to consolidate both departments’ lands, allowing for more effective management of their properties.

The commission also is scheduled to take action on four other land transactions, along with rules that would implement legislative changes to the Master Hunter permit program and a correction to the boundary description for the Johnson/Debay Slough Game Reserve.

In other business, the commission is scheduled to hear briefings on fish management on the Cowlitz River, coastal groundfish fisheries, baiting of waterfowl over agricultural lands, and draft procedural guidelines for responding to assertions of traditional tribal hunting areas.

A meeting agenda is posted on the commission’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html.