Blackmouth, Puget Sound Fisheries Board Members Sought

(WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking members of the sport fishing community to serve on a committee that oversees the Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Enhancement program, which includes the production of blackmouth chinook salmon.

The seven-member Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Oversight Committee was created in 2003 by the Legislature to advise WDFW’s director on all aspects of the fisheries enhancement program.

Key responsibilities of the program are to restore and enhance recreational fisheries in Puget Sound and ensure the productivity of sustainable populations of salmon and marine bottomfish.

Seven volunteers will be appointed to the oversight committee. Members serve two-year terms and may be re-appointed. The next term begins in January and expires in December 2012.

The committee, which is a broad representation of the sport fishing community, meets quarterly to review projects and provide guidance on funding activities related to the enhancement program.

To qualify, applicants should be closely linked and maintain strong communication with the recreational fishing community, have an understanding of salmon and bottomfish fisheries in Puget Sound, be able to attend the quarterly meetings and communicate effectively.

Committee members do not receive direct compensation for their work.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and a resume by Oct. 31 to Steve Thiesfeld at steven.thiesfeld@dfw.wa.gov or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Steve Thiesfeld, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia WA, 98501-1091.

For more information on the enhancement program and oversight committee, contact Thiesfeld at (360) 902-2715.

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