Commission to discuss Columbia River fisheries, take input on Willapa Bay salmon management

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the management of Columbia River fisheries Nov. 1-3, which will include a one-day information-sharing workshop with its Oregon counterpart.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in the Howard Marshall Room at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr., Vancouver. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1 and at 9 a.m. both Nov. 2 and 3.

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Commissioners will hold a public workshop Thursday, Nov. 1, with members of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to review a 5-year-old policy that significantly changed salmon fisheries on the Columbia River.

Commissioners from both states will also receive an update on seal and sea lion predation of salmon and other fish in the Columbia River, as well as efforts to recover southern resident killer whales.

On Friday, the Washington commission will discuss and take public input on the North of Falcon salmon-setting policy for January 2019 through December 2020 and on the salmon management policy for Willapa Bay.




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