Committee members sought for Puget Sound recreational fisheries enhancement group

Sports anglers wishing to serve on a committee that oversees the Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Enhancement program have until Oct. 15 to apply.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking 10 people to serve on the 10-member Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Oversight Committee.

Created in 2003 by the Legislature, the committee advises the department’s director on all aspects of the fisheries enhancement program. Key responsibilities of the program are to restore and enhance recreational fisheries in Puget Sound, ensure the productivity of sustainable populations of salmon and marine bottomfish, and promote recreational fishing opportunities, according to an agency new release.

Members serve two-year terms and can be re-appointed. The next term begins in January and expires in December 2016.

The committee, which has a broad representation of the sport fishing community, meets several times a year to review projects and provide guidance on funding activities related to the enhancement program.

To qualify, applicants should have strong connections to and maintain strong communication with the recreational fishing community, have an understanding of salmon and bottomfish fisheries in the Sound, and be able to attend the meetings. Interested individuals do not have to be affiliated with an organized group.

Committee members do not receive direct compensation for their work.

Individuals must submit a letter of interest and a résumé with the following information:

• Name, address, telephone number and email address.

•  Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the enhancement group.

•  Effectiveness in communication, including outreach and promotion.