Commission to receive briefing on Grays Harbor fishery policy

Staff reportNovember 2, 2013 

Department staff will brief the state Fish and Wildlife Commission this week on Grays Harbor salmon fishery management and challenges. The presentation will made during the commission meeting Saturday in Olympia.

Ron Warren, the Region 6 fish program manager, will lead the staff presentation. There also will be a panel discussion on Grays Harbor salmon issues.

Fish and Wildlife staffers are seeking direction from the commission on the management policy for the area. The agency last month began a five-month process to develop a new management policy for the Grays Harbor salmon fisheries. The process includes eight public meetings and workshops to gather ideas for a draft of the new policy.

Salmon fishing in Grays Harbor is managed under a framework initially developed in 2007.

This Grays Harbor discussion is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. Saturday.

A range of options will be presented when the commission meets in December, and the panel will hold a public hearing on the options at its January meeting. The commission is expected to make a final decision at its meeting in February.

Among other items on the fairly short agenda is a briefing on the current status of reptiles and amphibians in Washington.

Lisa Hallock, biologist with the department’s wildlife program, and Marc Hayes, a scientist with the habitat program, will lead the briefing, which is taking place at the commission’s request. It is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The commission is expected to vote on two land transactions, recommended by the department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat or enhancement of public recreation opportunities. The commission will consider acquiring 589 acres in Yakima County and 5,497 acres in Kittitas County.

IF YOU GO

When: Friday and Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day.

Where: Natural Resources Building, Room 172, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia.

Details: You can find the complete agenda at wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2013.

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