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Feedback asked for Columbia River salmon fishery management

FILE - In this June 27, 2012, file photo, a sockeye salmon, left, swims pass a chinook salmon, center front, and shad, above, at the fish counting window at the Bonneville Dam near Cascade Locks, Ore. Chinook runs are notoriously difficult to predict, but if the jacks that returned this spring are any indication, Idaho anglers should brace themselves for a poor 2019 run. (Rick Bowmer / AP)

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: Information about the upcoming meetings can be found at and

The current Columbia River Basin Salmon management policy is available at