Nominees sought for Grays Harbor salmon fishing advisory panel

Nominations are being accepted for people willing to serve on a group that advises the state Department of Fish and Wildlife on salmon management in Grays Harbor.

The group consists of up to 12 members, and talks with department staff members on policy issues associated with conservation and management of salmon stocks in the Grays Harbor watershed, according to a department news release.

While the advisory group primarily deals with salmon management, this group also will advise the department on issues associated with steelhead and sturgeon management in the watershed, said Steve Thiesfeld, regional fish program manager.

The advisory group meets about six times a year, with most meetings scheduled from January through April in conjunction with the North of Falcon salmon season-setting process. Advisers also will be asked to comment on written material throughout the year. Advisers do not receive direct compensation for their work.

Advisers serve two-year terms and can be reappointed. The next round of appointments will become effective in January.

Any group or individual can nominate a candidate to the advisory group. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with an organized group. Nominations must include the following information:

•  The nominee's name, address and telephone number.

•  The nominee's affiliations, if any.

•  The name, address and telephone number of any organization submitting a nomination.

•  Experience, including the type of experience, and any species or areas of interest, as well as references.

Nominations must be received by Dec. 19. They can be submitted to Thiesfeld by mail to 48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA, 98563; or by sending him an email at steven.thiesfeld@dfw.wa.gov. More information is available by contacting Thiesfeld at 360-249-1201.