Outdoors

Adventure dispatches for June 6

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to decide Friday whether to keep orcas on the state’s endangered species list.
The state Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to decide Friday whether to keep orcas on the state’s endangered species list. AP file, 2014

Fishing

No license required next weekend

For many families, the kids will be out of school. Summer weather looks like it’s here to stay. It will be good weekend to go fishing.

If you need further incentive, the state will allow you to fish for free Saturday and June 12.

During the annual Free Fishing Weekend, a state fishing license is not required. In addition, a Discover Pass or vehicle access pass will not be needed to use any of the 700 water access sites managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Anglers must, however, abide by all other fishing rules.

The staff at Point Defiance Marina will be offering free fishing and boating tutorials throughout the day Saturday as part of the National Marina Day celebration.

For more information, go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/free.

Conservation

Endangered species status reviewed

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to decide whether to keep orcas and streaked horned larks on the state’s endangered species list when it meets Friday and Saturday.

The commission will consider the recommendation of state Department of Fish and Wildlife staff to keep the two species on this list. Those recommendations were included in the recently updated draft status reviews for each species.

The discussion is scheduled to begin about 10 a.m. Friday.

The commission will also receive a briefing on setting management objectives for salmon and steelhead, on toxic chemicals found in Puget Sound salmon and on ocean juvenile salmon ranching in Washington waters.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. each day in Room 172, Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia.

A full agenda can be found at wdfw.wa.gov/commission.

Benefit

Golf tourney aids sportfishing group

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association will hold its sixth annual golf tournament, Fore the Fish. The event will take place June 16 at the Olympia Country & Golf Club in Olympia.

The tournament will use a best ball scramble format.

Proceeds from the tournament help support the work the association is doing to ensure both healthy fisheries and sportfishing industry in the Northwest, according to an association news release.

The cost is $125 per participant. The event includes a putting contest prior to tee off and hole-in-one prizes on four different par-three holes. There will be a post-tournament barbecue where team prizes are awarded along with a live auction, silent auction and bucket raffles. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m., with the golfing starting at noon.

You can register at nsiafishing.org or by calling 503-631-8859.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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