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November 13, 2015
Contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808

WDFW seeks nominations to Puget Sound
sport fishing advisory group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Nov. 30 for membership on its Puget Sound sport fishing advisory group.

Up to 20 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the advisory group for 2016 and 2017. Those selected will provide guidance to WDFW on issues affecting recreational fisheries in Puget Sound for salmon, rockfish and other marine fish species.

The advisory group meets three or four times a year, with most meetings scheduled February through April during the annual salmon season-setting process, known as North of Falcon. Members also are expected to communicate fishery information and policy decisions to sport fishing groups in their areas, said Ryan Lothrop, a WDFW fishery manager.

“Advisors are an important link between the department and the sport fishing community,” Lothrop said. "We're looking for people who have first-hand knowledge of marine and freshwater recreational fisheries and the ability to communicate their ideas to fishery managers and fellow anglers.”

Appointments become effective in January 2016. Advisors do not receive direct compensation for their work.

Nominees do not have to be affiliated with an organized group, and current members of the advisory group may be reappointed.

Any group or individual can nominate a candidate. Nominations must include the following information:

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

Nominations must be received by Nov. 30. Nominations may be submitted at PugetSoundRecFishingGroup@dfw.wa.gov or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Ryan Lothrop, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia WA, 98501-1091. For more information, contact Lothrop at (360) 902-2808.