Outdoors

Adventure briefs for March 21

Fishing

Willapa Bay draft salmon policy revised

The public has until Thursday to comment on a revised draft policy to improve salmon management for Willapa Bay.

The revised draft policy includes new provisions proposed by the public to conserve wild salmon runs, clarify catch allocation and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishmen in the bay.

The policy is available at wdfw.wa.gov/

conservation/fisheries/

willapa_bay_salmon. Written comments on the draft policy may be submitted via email to willapabay@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to Steve Thiesfeld, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Department staffers will provide a briefing on the updated options to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission when it meets April 9 in Tumwater. The commission could take action on the policy this summer.

Conservation

Kitsap CCA chapter holds annual banquet

The Kitsap chapter of the Coastal Conservation Alliance will holds its seventh annual fundraising banquet Saturday.

The evening will include a silent auction and a live auction after a dinner.

Among the auction items are fishing gear, fishing trips in the Kitsap County area, on the Columbia, Cowlitz and some of the Olympica Peninsula rivers, plus tuna, salmon and bottomfish trips off the coast. There also will be an Alaska fishing trip for auction.

Funds raised during the event are used by the chapter and alliance to help save wild fish and other marine resources in Washington, said Chuck Gauthier, chapter president.

Tickets are $65, and are available at Aqua Tech Marine and Poulsbo Valley Nursery or by calling Gauthier at 360-830-5316.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Kitsap County Fairgrounds Presidents Hall, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton.

Paddlesports

Tacoma Mountaineers offer kayak class

The Tacoma Mountaineers are offering a basic sea kayak course, scheduled to begin March 28.

This course includes hands-on education, introduction to kayak gear and an emphasis on paddling safety. Participants will learn the basic paddling strokes, how to get back in the kayak if you go over, basic trip planning and navigation, and how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations.

No prior kayaking knowledge or experience is required to take the course, which consists of one classroom session, one pool session, two open water sessions and two kayak paddles. The classes will run through April 19.

The cost is $199 for Mountaineers members and $249 for nonmembers. Rental kayaks and gear are available for an additional fee.

To register or for more information, contact Esther Ladwig at 253-627-0679 or emladwig@yahoo.com.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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