The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is initiating several projects focused on planning for a more consistent and economically viable commercial fishery in the lower Columbia River. One of these projects is the development of a fleet reduction program that will better align the size of the fleet with the available harvest.
WDFW is working with members of the Columbia River, Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor gill net fleet as well as seafood dealers and processors in the area to get feedback in the early design phase of the project.The agency solicited input from license holders at a virtual town hall on April 16th and will be continuing to gather feedback throughout the spring and summer via email, survey and at additional town hall meetings.
For more information about this project please contact Bill Tweit at William.Tweit@dfw.wa.gov or Raquel Crosier at Raquel.Crosier@dfw.wa.gov. To get updates on this work group and the license reduction project please sign up to be added to our distribution list below.