• Draft policies for Grays Harbor salmon, Columbia sturgeon available for review

    OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking public comment through Jan. 9 on draft policies for managing Grays Harbor salmon and lower Columbia River white sturgeon populations.

    The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), extended public comment on the two policies during discussions at its public meeting Dec. 6-7 in Olympia.

    Also during the meeting, the commission approved proposals by WDFW to purchase three properties to protect fish and wildlife habitat and provide public access for outdoor recreation.

    State fishery managers have been working with a citizen committee and the public since October to develop the draft options for a new policy to address conservation and catch allocation for Grays Harbor salmon fisheries.

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