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State creates Cowlitz River advisory committee

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
May 5, 2010 7:54 pm

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for up to 12 people to serve on what could be an important group dealing with salmon and steelhead stocks on the Cowlitz River. The department announced Tuesday it was seeking nominations for its new Cowlitz River advisory group.

Members the ad hoc group will meet monthly for about a year to develop recommendations for improving conservation and sustainable fishing opportunities on the river, said a department news release.

A major focus of the group will be to advise the department staff in updating the Fishery and Hatchery Management Plan for the Cowlitz River. The plan establishes Tacoma Power’s obligations to support hatchery production and fish management activities in the Cowlitz basin.

Specific issues addressed in the plan include the quantity and size of fish produced at the Cowlitz Hatchery Complex, rearing and release protocols for each stock and strategies designed to maximize the natural production of fish stocks and species in the basin, the release said.

The plan also addresses fishery management strategies, including monitoring and evaluation efforts that support conservation of naturally produced fish and sustainable fishing opportunities.

“Efforts to restore salmon and steelhead and provide sustainable fishing opportunities on the Cowlitz River are at a critical stage” Phil Anderson, department director, said in the release. “We want to draw on the expertise of others to promote progress in this important watershed.”

Nominees for the advisory group do not have to be affiliated with an organized group. Nominations must be submitted in writing with 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 May 21. They can be submitted to Cathy Davidson by mail: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501; or by sending an e-mail to Cathy.Davidson@dfw.wa.gov.

For more information, contact Pat Frazier at 360-906-6711.

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