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August 15, 2016
Contact: Jim Scott, (360) 902-2736

WDFW invites applications to new
Puget Sound steelhead advisory group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking applications through August 31 for membership on a new ad hoc advisory group that will assist in developing management options for Puget Sound steelhead.

The new advisory group will meet twice monthly through December to develop recommendations that support conservation objectives and improve sustainable fishing opportunities for steelhead in tributaries to Puget Sound.

The group's primary task will be to develop fishery and hatchery management strategies tailored to specific watersheds throughout Puget Sound, said Jim Scott, special assistant to the WDFW director. As part of that effort, the group will also be asked to help identify a new wild steelhead gene bank in north Puget Sound.

"We are looking for applicants who are well-acquainted with the fisheries, hatchery programs and ecological issues of watersheds throughout the Puget Sound area," Scott said. "We plan to draw on their knowledge as the department works with federal fishery managers on steelhead recovery planning efforts."

WDFW plans to make a final decision on river-specific management strategies and a gene bank in north Puget Sound later this year after receiving input from the advisory group and completing discussions with tribal fishery managers.

Applications for membership in the Puget Sound Steelhead Advisory Group must be submitted in writing with the following information:

  • Applicant's name, address, telephone number and email address.
  • Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group.
  • Applicant's effectiveness in communication.
  • Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination.

Applications must be received by Sept. 1. They may be submitted to Cathy Davidson by mail: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501; or email at Cathy.Davidson@dfw.wa.gov.  For more information, contact Jim Scott at (360) 902-2736.