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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


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September 07, 2018
Contact: Commission office, 360-902-2267

Commission invites public comments on
Columbia salmon policy at meeting

OLYMPIA – A report on the results of a 5-year-old policy that significantly changed salmon fisheries on the Columbia River will be a focus of discussion during an upcoming meeting of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Olympia.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will review the report and invite public comments Saturday, Sept. 15, during the two-day meeting. On the previous day, the commission will consider issues ranging from crab seasons to wolf management

The meeting will be held in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St., in Olympia. The report and an agenda for the meeting are posted on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html.

The Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy, approved by the commission in 2013, was designed to promote orderly fisheries, wild salmon and steelhead conservation, and economic stability in the state's fishing industry. Strategies for achieving those goals included allocating more salmon to sport fisheries, promoting the use of alternative fishing gear in commercial fisheries and increasing the production/releases of salmon in the off-channel areas.

The new report assesses the results of these and other provisions of that policy.

"The purpose of this report is not to identify new ideas or adjustments to the policy, but rather to help commissioners in their evaluation of whether the policy has been successful," said Bill Tweit, a WDFW special assistant who helped draft the report.

In other business, the commission will consider approving proposals that would:

  • Add four more game management units to areas of southwest Washington where infectious hoof disease has been detected in elk.
  • Allow sport crabbers to set out crab pots two weeks earlier on most areas of the state's Pacific coast.
  • Allow WDFW to receive a 130-acre land transfer in Cowlitz County and purchase 58 acres of timbered land in Columbia County.

The commission will also receive public comments on a public hearing on a proposal to establish an annual four-fish limit for halibut, and how the commission engages with WDFW and its Wolf Advisory Group in future wolf-management planning efforts.


MEDIA ADVISORY
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

September 12, 2018
Contact:
Commission office, 360-902-2267

Agenda revised for upcoming Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting

OLYMPIA – Two items have been removed from a public meeting scheduled Sept. 14-15 by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Olympia.

The Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy item has been tabled until Oct. 15, although the public can comment on that and other issues during an open comment period Saturday, Sept. 15 starting at 8 a.m.

A second item on wolf management in Washington state when the species is no longer listed under the federal Endangered Species Act has also been deferred until a future meeting.

A revised agenda and more information about the meeting is posted on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html