The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
is inviting people to share their views at four upcoming meetings in Ridgefield
on a draft assessment of a state policy that guides the management of salmon
fisheries in the lower Columbia River.
The policy, adopted in 2013 by the Washington
Fish and Wildlife Commission, is designed to “promote orderly fisheries,
advance the recovery of wild salmon and steelhead, and support the economic
well-being of the Columbia River fishing industry,” said the agency in a press
WDFW has initiated a review of that policy at
the request of the commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the
governor to set policy for the department.
"Once completed, this review will provide
a foundation for the commission's assessment of the policy," said Bill
Tweit, a WDFW special assistant. "Commissioners have emphasized that the
department's review must be detailed, comprehensive, and open to public
To encourage engagement, the department
invites the public to join in discussions with two WDFW advisory groups at any
or all of four meetings designed to inform the department's policy review. All
of those meetings will be held at WDFW's regional office at 5525 S. 11th St. in
-- The Columbia River Commercial Fishing
Advisory Group: Meetings scheduled May 15 and July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-- The Columbia River Recreational Fishing
Advisory Group: Meetings scheduled May 15 and July 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
An initial draft of the Comprehensive Review
of the Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy is posted on WDFW's
website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/comp_review_columbia_river_basin_salmon-C-3620.pdf
WDFW staff briefed the commission on an
initial draft of its policy review March 17 at a public meeting in Wenatchee.
Commissioners will receive regular updates from staff through mid-September,
when they will meet to discuss WDFW's final review of the Columbia River
The Washington and Oregon commissions may also
meet jointly in November to discuss the policy.
All of these meetings are open to the public.
Information about the upcoming meetings can be
found on the advisory group websites (https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/) and the commission website (https://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/).
The Columbia River Basin Salmon Management
policy, as revised by the Washington commission in January 2017, is available