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May 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM

State Fish and Wildlife looking for citizens to help with fish hatchery programs

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Do you know anyone who may help shape the state’s hatchery programs?

State Fish and Wildlife is seeking nominations through June 3 for membership on its new Puget Sound Hatchery Action advisory group.

Up to 12 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the ad hoc advisory group, which will meet periodically through February 2012.

The advisory group will be responsible for developing recommendations for potential modifications to the state’s hatchery programs.

“We are at a critical stage in efforts to implement improved hatchery practices to restore salmon and steelhead and provide sustainable fishing opportunities in Puget Sound,” Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division manager for state Fish and Wildlife said in a news release.

Bartlett said. “We want to draw on the expertise of others to help identify innovative solutions in each watershed.”

The group will be guided by plans and policies adopted by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, including the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan and the Hatchery and Fishery Reform policy.

Actions identified by the group will provide guidance to state Fish and Wildlife in working with tribal co-managers to develop new management plans for state hatcheries that are unique to each watershed, Bartlett said.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and include the following information:

Nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address.

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

Nominee’s effectiveness in communication.

Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination.

Submit to: Heather Bartlett by mail: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501 or call 360-902-2662.

To view the Hatchery and Fishery Reform policy go to the commission’s website.

View the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan website.

(Photo taken by Seattle Times staff)

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