Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Seeking Candidates for Wolf and Puget Sound Sport Fishing Advisory Councils

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States Coordinator

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve on both the Wolf Advisory Committee (WAC) and Puget Sound Sport Fishing Advisory Group (SFA).

The WAC advises WDFW on wolf recovery and management and is comprised of 18 members that represent the diverse interests of hunters, livestock producers, environmentalists and other stakeholders and their perspectives on wolf conservation and management.

WDFW is seeking candidates that can work cooperatively and value compromise and cohesion, with the intent to resolve conflicts. New WAC members should be available for meetings as early as January 2020.

There are currently four vacancies, however WDFW Director Kelly Susewind will fill WAC positions that become vacant within the next year from the applications and nominations received. The deadline for application submission is November 8, at 5pm and can be emailed to wildthing@dfw.wa.gov or sent to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, P. O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200.

In addition to the WAC, WDFW is seeking applications and nominations for the Puget Sound Sport Fishing Advisory Group (SFA).

The SFA provides an important link between the department and the sportfishing community by communicating fishery information and policy updates to the members’ respective regions.

Members of SFA provide guidance to WDFW on issues affecting recreational fisheries for salmon, rockfish and other marine species in the Puget Sound. Up to 20 qualified members, with firsthand experience in marine or freshwater fisheries and ability to communicate regional issues to fishery managers, will be appointed to the SFA. 

Member appointments will become effective January 2020 and the SFA meets three to four times a year. Meetings are primarily held February through April during the annual salmon season-setting process, with additional meetings held during sport fishing seasons to advise the WDFW on in-season fisheries management decisions. 

Applications and nominations must be received by Nov. 30, 2019. Applications and nominations may be submitted electronically to David.Stormer@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to WDFW Fish Program, Attn: David Stormer, P.O. Box 43200, Olympia WA, 98504.

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