Sound Off on Proposed Fishing Rules

Sound Off on Proposed Fishing Rules

NEWS RELEASE: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

OLYMPIA – The public will have more time to review proposed changes to fishing rules for the Columbia River Basin under an extended comment period announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Under the new timeline, WDFW will accept written comments through Dec. 1 on the proposed rules – about two weeks longer than previously announced.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposals at its Dec. 12-13 meeting in Olympia. Written testimony can also be submitted during that time.

The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, is scheduled to take action on the proposed rule changes in a January meeting. The commission’s meeting times, locations and agendas can be found on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

Fisheries managers have recommended 32 of the proposals submitted by the public and staff in May move forward for additional review. To review and comment on the proposed rules, visit WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals/. The webpage has more information about the proposals as well as those not recommended for further consideration.