Fishing dominates commission meeting

Staff reportFebruary 2, 2014 

Fishing issues will dominate the discussion when the state Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Friday and Saturday. Topics include Columbia River spring chinook allocations, white sturgeon management and Puget Sound shellfish.

Among the major topics the commission will address is the Columbia River spring chinook recreational fishery allocation.

Guy Norman, Region 5 director, and Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator, will brief the nine-member commission on allocation and management strategies discussed with the Spring Chinook Citizens Recreational Advisory Group, and through the coordinated efforts of Washington staff and those with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The discussion and a public hearing is set to take place at 2:50 p.m. Friday.

After that, the commission will hold public hearing on the emerging purse seine and beach seine commercial fishery.

On Saturday, about 9 a.m., the focus will turn to the Grays Harbor salmon management policy. A vote is expected on the new policy, designed to enhance conservation and clarify management objectives for recreational and commercial fisheries throughout the basin.

Sound shellfish: Rich Childers, Puget Sound shellfish manager, will brief the commission on proposed changes in clam and oyster seasons on 20 public Puget Sound beaches. There also will be a public hearing. The briefing is set to start about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Governor meeting: The commission will meet Thursday with Gov. Jay Inslee. The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. at the governor’s office in the Legislative Building in Olympia.

When: Friday-Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. each day.

Where: Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1620 74th Ave. SW, Tumwater.

Agenda: Go to wdfw.wa.gov/commission.

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