Outdoor brief for Oct. 26, 2013


Meetings scheduled to discuss G.H. salmon management

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled eight public meetings this fall and winter to discuss and develop a new draft policy for managing salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor.

The public meetings are part of a nearly five-month process to develop the new draft policy specifically for Grays Harbor salmon management. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for Fish & Wildlife, is scheduled to consider adopting the draft policy in mid-February.

The public meetings are scheduled for:

• Oct. 28 – Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; Fish & Wildlife’s Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

• Nov. 1 – Fish & Wildlife fishery managers will host a public workshop from 6-8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano.

• Nov. 13 – Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; Fish & Wildlife’s Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

• Nov. 18 – Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; Fish & Wildlife’s Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

• Nov. 26 – Fish & Wildlife fishery managers will host a public workshop from 6-8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano.

• Jan. 13 – Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; Fish & Wildlife’s Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

• Jan. 15 – Fish & Wildlife fishery managers will host a public workshop from 6-8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano.

Fish & Wildlifefishery managers are scheduled to brief the Fish and Wildlife Commission on the development of the draft policy during the commission’s November meeting in Olympia.

Warren said Fish & Wildlife will develop a range of policy options that will be discussed during the December commission meeting in Olympia. The commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the draft policy options during its January meeting in Olympia.

The commission is scheduled to make a final decision at its February meeting in Olympia.

Throughout the process, Fish & Wildlife will periodically update its website at http://Fish & Wildlife.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/grays_harbor_salmon/ with more information on the development of the draft policy.