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WDFW launches new family getaway planning website

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The Washington Department of Fish (WDFW) has some great ideas for people planning family vacations this year – and all of them involve fishing.

Great Getaways, a new feature on the department’s website, showcases some of the state’s best family travel and fishing opportunities, from the Pacific Coast and the Columbia River to the trout lakes of the Selkirk Mountains.

“Washington doesn’t just have some of the best fishing in the country, it also has some of the most diverse, family-friendly vacation spots,” said Chris Donley, manager of the department’s inland fish program.

Profiles of 14 vacation destinations provide vacation planners tips on where to go, what to catch, and where to stay. Each article includes links to state parks, public campgrounds, and nearby visitor information services.

“This new feature is designed for both Washington residents and visitors from outside the state,” said Bruce Botka, WDFW’s community outreach and public affairs manager. “I’ve lived in Washington for more than 30 years, and I know our readers will discover fishing, camping, and vacation opportunities they didn’t know about before.”

Botka noted that the department recently joined the Washington Tourism Alliance and is increasing its efforts to promote travel and vacation opportunities in communities throughout the state.

“Recreation-based tourism is a major contributor to the state’s economy, and WDFW’s programs are a major contributor to outdoor recreation,” he said.

Donley said the new guide will be expanded in coming months with new ideas for fishing-based vacations that offer a wide range of other opportunities for outdoor recreation.

“We aren’t trying to give away anyone’s favorite fishing hole,” Donley said. “There are plenty of fish throughout the state, and plenty of great places to catch them.”

To start planning this year’s vacations, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/vacation/ .

WDFW seeks fishing gear manufacturers, retailers to serve on new advisory group

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OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking applications through Feb. 14 for membership on a new advisory group that will provide guidance on increasing angler participation in Washington’s inland fisheries.

Up to 15 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the Retailers and Manufacturers Advisory Group for 2014 and 2015.

The department is seeking representatives from retail and manufacturing businesses with an understanding of recreational inland fisheries for non-anadromous species, such as trout, walleye, bass and panfish, said Chris Donley, inland fish program manager for WDFW.

“We’re looking for leaders in the industries with first-hand knowledge of recreational fishing opportunities for resident fish in Washington,” Donley said. “The goal is to refine our management of inland fisheries to not only attract new people to the sport but also to help ensure we continue to provide sustainable opportunities.” 

Members of the group are expected to meet quarterly to share ideas on developing partnerships designed to increase anglers’ interest in inland fisheries, as well as provide feedback on inland fisheries policy and management.

Applicants should be decision makers at an outdoors-oriented business in Washington – preferably as CEO, general manager, president, or marketing director.
Applications must be submitted in writing with the following information:

  •  Applicant’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
  •  Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group.
  •  Applicant’s effectiveness in marketing to anglers and potential anglers.
  •  Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting an application.

Applications must be received by Feb. 14. Applications may be submitted to Kelly Cunningham by mail: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501; or email [email protected] .

Members serve as volunteers and do not receive direct compensation, but mileage reimbursement is provided by WDFW to attend meetings. For more information, contact Cunningham at (360) 902-2325.