Survey gauges understanding of Puget Sound fisheries program

Staff reportJanuary 19, 2014 

The state is using an online survey to gauge the public’s understanding of the Puget Sound Recreational Salmon and Marine Fish Enhancement Program.

The enhancement program was created by the state Legislature in 1993 to improve and promote recreational fishing in Puget Sound and support sustainable populations of salmon and marine bottomfish, said a department news release. The program is supported by revenue generated from the sales of certain fishing licenses.

Information from the survey will help the department’s fishery managers shape future fishing opportunities in Puget Sound, said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager.

“This is a short survey designed to give us a better idea of people’s understanding of the program and where our efforts should be focused in the future,” Lothrop said in the news release. “We are looking at how best to improve recreational fisheries in Puget Sound and our efforts to introduce people to sportfishing.”

As an incentive, survey participants will be entered into a drawing for a fishing rod and reel. The winner will be selected in late April.

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