Commission will discuss policy for Grays Harbor salmon fishery

A number of public workshops are scheduled on the proposed policy through mid-January. Information about those workshops is available at

In other business, the commission will consider a proposed rule for commercial dive fisheries that would prohibit the use of certain types of fishing gear aboard commercial vessels to make it more difficult to harvest geoduck clams illegally. Another proposal asks the commission to delegate the responsibility of setting sea urchin size limits to WDFW, so managers can respond more quickly to changing conditions.

The proposed land acquisition in Kittitas County involves 5,497 acres adjacent to WDFW’s L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, 35 miles northwest of Yakima. The department has also proposed purchasing a 589-acre inholding in the Wenas Wildlife Area near WDFW’s winter feeding area for elk.

Other topics on the commission’s agenda include a briefing on proposed changes in WDFW’s hydraulic permit approval rules and a status report on the state’s reptile and amphibians populations.