The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking applicants for a five-member advisory board that will help develop a commercial seine fishery on the lower Columbia River.
The application deadline is Aug. 22, and the board’s first meeting could take place as early as September, according to Ron Roler, WDFW Columbia River policy coordinator.
Roler said the department is creating the board to help implement a portion of the Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy, developed last year by the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions. The policy calls for development of fisheries that promote the use of alternative selective gear, such as purse seines and beach seines. The policy document is available on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/policies/c3620.html.
The board members will serve two-year terms and will review and make recommendations to WDFW on rules relating to the selection of participants in the fishery.
Applications and nominations should be submitted to Roler by email at Ronald.Roler@dfw.wa.gov or by regular mail at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661.