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June 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Another public meeting to discuss Puget Sound chinook salmon fisheries

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Looking to add some input on how chinook salmon fisheries are created and managed in Puget Sound’s waterways?

State Fish and Wildlife managers will hold a second public workshop on chinook salmon fisheries in Puget Sound 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 12 at the Mountaineers Building, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E. in Seattle.

At the workshop there will be discussions on efforts to update the federally approved fisheries plan that guides conservation of Puget Sound chinook salmon throughout their range.

“The workshop is a continuation of a meeting that took place in May,” Phil Anderson, the state Fish and Wildlife interim director said in a news release. “During the May workshop, fishery managers discussed the scientific basis of the current plan and possible changes to fishery management.”

The June workshop will feature a panel discussion among outside experts in fisheries, hatchery management, environmental issues and other disciplines, said Anderson.

“During the June workshop we will focus on ideas for improving the management of our fisheries to better support efforts to conserve and recover Puget Sound chinook salmon,” said Anderson. “This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in Puget Sound chinook management to offer their thoughts on possible updates to the plan.”

The current plan — set to expire next April — defines conservation goals for state and tribal fisheries that harvest Puget Sound chinook salmon, which are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. Under that law, no fisheries affecting Puget Sound chinook can occur without a conservation plan approved by NOAA Fisheries.

Click here to view the current Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan.

(Photo taken by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times fishing-hunting reporter)

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