Fish & Wildlife Commission considering new policy for Grays Harbor salmon fisheries

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting a new policy to guide salmon management in Grays Harbor and an updated policy for sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River at a public meeting scheduled for Feb. 7-8 in Tumwater.

The commission is a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. It will meet both days starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1620 74th Ave. S.W. in Tumwater.

The proposed policy for Grays Harbor includes provisions designed to conserve wild salmon runs, clarify catch allocations and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in the bay. A revised version of the original proposal is available for public review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/grays_harbor_salmon/.

The commission will accept written comments submitted through Jan. 31 via email to commission@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

The updated policy for lower Columbia River sturgeon fisheries includes several technical amendments to the version approved in 2011 and extends the policy through 2018.

It does not affect the closure on retention of sturgeon below Bonneville Dam, effective until further notice to address conservation concerns.


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