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Tag: Fish and Wildlife Commission


Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission OKs Columbia River management changes

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission earlier today unanimously adopted a policy that establishes a new management framework for salmon fisheries on the lower Columbia River.

The commission, the nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, took action after completing a series of public meetings that began in October. In all, the commission received about 1,000 public comments on the proposal.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Key provisions of the new policy will allocate more of the catch to sport fisheries, gradually shift non-tribal commercial gillnets to off-channel areas stocked

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Fish and Wildlife Commission changes meeting location

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has changed the location of a public meeting scheduled Friday and Saturday.

To allow for more seating, the commission is now scheduled to meet at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1620 74th Ave. SW, Tumwater.

Department staffers are scheduled to brief the commission on a number of issues, including a proposed plan to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the Columbia River.

Click here for an agenda for the meeting.


Governor appoints two to Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission

Larry Carpenter, a Mount Vernon boat dealer and long-time sportfishing enthusiast, and Jay Kehne, an Okanogan County conservationist and hunter, have been appointed to fill two vacant positions on the state Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The appointments were announced a short time ago by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome these great additions to the commission,” Miranda Wecker, commission chairwoman, said in a prepared statement. “These are two strong individuals and we are looking forward to seeing their perspectives brought to the table.”

Carpenter, appointed to a western Washington position on the commission, is owner of Master

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Fish and Wildlife Commission opposes SB 6813

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission this afternoon issued a statement opposing Senate Bill 6813.

The bill would transfer natural resources management duties currently managed by Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Recreation to the Department of Natural Resources. The bill is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Natural Resources committee Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Click here for information on the hearing and bill’s text.

The commission discussed the bill during its regular montly meeting last week and again during this morning’s conference call.

Audio recordings of the meeting and this morning’s discussion will be available for listening

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