Grays Harbor Salmon issues discussed this week
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will hear comments this week regarding the Grays Harbor salmon fishery at a commission meeting on Saturday in Olympia.
Local meetings are scheduled to run into January to discuss and develop a new draft policy for managing local salmon fisheries.
The public meetings are part of a five-month process that is intended to develop the new draft policy specifically for Grays Harbor salmon management. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission are scheduled to consider adopting the draft policy in mid-February.
On Saturday at 9 am, Ron Warren, Region 6 Fish Program Manager, will brief the Commission on Grays Harbor salmon fishery management and challenges, followed by a panel discussion on Grays Harbor salmon issues.
Salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor are currently managed under a framework that was initially developed in 2007, in conjunction with the commission’s North of Falcon policy, said Warren.
“We would like to further refine the management of Grays Harbor salmon fisheries to help ensure we can meet spawning goals for wild salmon returning to the basin, as well as give anglers and commercial fishers a clearer picture of what fishing opportunities they can expect each year,” Warren said.
The public meetings include three workshops and five Grays Harbor Advisory Committee meetings.
The next Grays Harbor Advisory Committee meeting will be held November 13 from 6-8 pm, with public input from 8-9 pm, at WDFW’s Montesano office on Devonshire Road.
The advisory committee discussions are open to the public, and those in attendance will have an opportunity to comment at the end of each meeting.