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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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May 17, 2018
Contact: Chad Herring, 360-249-1299

WDFW seeks nominations for
Willapa Bay salmon advisory group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through June 15 for membership on its advisory group for salmon management in Willapa Bay.

The advisory group consists of up to 12 members. The group advises WDFW on policy issues associated with conservation and management of salmon stocks in the Willapa Bay watershed.

While the advisory group focuses primarily on salmon management, it also advises the department on issues associated with steelhead and sturgeon management in the watershed, said Chad Herring, regional fish policy analyst for WDFW.

"We are looking for representatives from recreational and commercial fishing groups as well as conservation and habitat organizations," Herring said.

The advisory group typically meets approximately six times a year with most meetings scheduled January through April in conjunction with the annual salmon season-setting process, known as North of Falcon. The advisory group also will be asked to provide feedback on management actions considered during the salmon fishing season.

Additionally, advisors will meet this fall to provide input during an annual review of the Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy, which is guidance to the department from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Advisors may be asked to comment on written material throughout the year. Advisors serve two-year terms and can be re-appointed. Current members are encouraged to reapply. Appointments become effective in August 2018. Advisors do not receive compensation for their work.

Any group or individual can nominate a candidate to the advisory group. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with an organized group. Nominations must include the following information:

  • The nominee's name, address and telephone number.
  • The nominee's affiliations, if any.
  • The name, address and telephone number of any organization submitting a nomination.
  • Experience, including the type of experience, and any species or areas of interest, as well as references.

Nominations to the Willapa Bay Salmon advisory group must be received by June 15, 2018. Nominations may be submitted to Chad Herring, by mail: 48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA, 98563; or by email at More information is available by contacting Chad Herring at 360-249-1299.