Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board

Washington's Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE) was established to help maintain and create new angler opportunities for salmon and steelhead managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in the Columbia River and its tributaries.  To provide these opportunities, the CRSSE program creates and funds needed projects to improve scientific monitoring and evaluation, data collection, permitting, reporting and enforcement. 

The WDFW administers the CRSSE; however, the legislation which established the CRSSE also created the Columbia Recreational Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board (CRSSRAB).  The Board consists of six to ten members appointed by the WDFW Director based on recommendations from recreational fishing groups and WDFW staff.  The CRSSRAB is a citizen advisory board representing all regions (1, 2, 3, and 5) within the Columbia River and its tributaries.  In selecting the CRSSAB members, consideration is also given to providing different viewpoints, expertise and geographic distribution within each Region.

The CRSSAB advises the WDFW regarding CRSSE program activities and expenditures (as directed by RCW 77.12.716).  To assure CRSSE funded projects address high priority needs and are supported by local communities, WDFW project proposals are vetted through a review by CRSSRAB.  The WDFW develops project proposals and provides them for the CRSSRAB and community review.  The CRSSRAB ranks proposals according to how well they address priorities for maintaining and creating new salmon and steelhead fishing opportunities.  Through CRSSE funded projects, the WDFW and the CRSSRAB work together to continue and enhance recreational salmon and steelhead fishing opportunities as much as possible while still maintaining healthy fish populations.

Members of the CRSSAB are expected to meet at least twice per year, and may be asked to comment on written materials throughout their term.