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December 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

State Fish and Wildlife working on better policy for Grays Harbor salmon fisheries

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State Fish and Wildlife would like anglers input on how to manage the Grays Harbor salmon fisheries.

State fisheries is in the process of developing a new draft policy for Grays Harbor salmon management, and plans to make a decision in mid-February.

The current Grays Harbor fisheries were developed in 2007, and the state fishery officials are looking at ways to boost and attain wild salmon spawning goals, plus providing sport and commercial fishermen a much clearer picture of what fishing opportunities they can expect each year.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will accept public comments during a meeting Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6-7) 8:30 a.m. in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. in Olympia. An agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

During the past month, state Fish and Wildlife managers have been working with a citizen committee to develop options to address conservation and catch allocation for Grays Harbor salmon fisheries. The goal is to provide a much clearer picture on sport and commercial fisheries in this highly popular area for coho and kings.

Addtional meetings are:

Jan. 13 – Grays Harbor Advisory Committee, from 6-8 p.m.; public input from 8-9 p.m.; WDFW’s Montesano office, 48 Devonshire Road.

Jan. 15 – WDFW fishery managers will host a public workshop from 6-8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will make a final decision on the fishing options at a February meeting.

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