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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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April 18, 2018
Contact: Bob Sizemore, 360-302-3030, ext. 303

WDFW seeks candidates for Puget Sound
sport crab and shrimp advisory committee

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve on a citizen committee that advises the department on Puget Sound recreational crab and shrimp fishing.

Up to 12 individuals will be chosen for two-year appointments that begin on June 1, 2018. Candidates have until April 30 to apply.

Committee members will advise department fishery managers on issues such as structuring sustainable fishing opportunities and developing fishery management plans, said Bob Sizemore, Puget Sound shellfish manager for WDFW.

"Advisors provide a valuable link between the department and recreational fishers," Sizemore said.

Advisors will be chosen based on their experience in the recreational crab and shrimp fishery; their ability to address issues in a thoughtful, productive manner; their willingness to engage in the management process; and their ability to communicate with fishery managers and other recreational and commercial fishers or organizations.

Interested individuals do not have to be affiliated with an organized group. Any group or individual also can nominate a candidate.

Letters of interest or nominations must include the following information:

  • Name, address, telephone number and email address of the person to be considered.
  • Relevant experience (including the Puget Sound marine area where the candidate most often harvests crab/shrimp) and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group.
  • Views on how an advisor should work with other Puget Sound advisors and WDFW staff in resolving Puget Sound crab and shrimp fishery issues.
  • Effectiveness in communication, including methods the candidate would use to relay information to regional constituents.

Applications are due by 5 p.m., April 30, 2018, and may be mailed to: WDFW Port Townsend District Office, Attn: Bob Sizemore, 375 Hudson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5614. Applications can also be emailed to

The advisory committee meets twice per year. Additional conference call meetings may also be held to discuss in-season management issues. Advisors will be expected to remain informed on pertinent issues and to provide objective assessments.