The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public for feedback on a draft assessment of a policy guiding the management of salmon 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, according to a WDFW news release.
The commission requested a review of that policy.
The public is invited to two WDFW advisory groups. All meetings will be held at WDFW’s regional office at 5525 S. 11th St. in Ridgefield, Washington.
The Columbia River Commercial Fishing Advisory Group: Meetings scheduled Tuesday and July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Columbia River Recreational Fishing Advisory Group: Meetings scheduled Tuesday and July 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.
An initial draft of the Comprehensive Review of the Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy is available at: wdfw.wa.gov/commission/comp_review_columbia_river_basin_salmon-C-3620.pdf. Information about the upcoming meetings can be found at wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/ and wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.
The current Columbia River Basin Salmon management policy is available at wdfw.wa.gov/commission/policies/c3620.pdf