WDFW Seeking Volunteers for Ad Hoc Coastal Steelhead Advisory Group

Bruce Baker

Active Member

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Aug. 5, 2021

Contact: Cathy Davidson, 360-902-2326
Public Affairs contact: Ben Anderson, 360-902-0045

WDFW seeks applicants for ad-hoc coastal steelhead advisory group

OLYMPIA – Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are seeking applicants for an ad-hoc advisory group to help develop management plans for the state’s coastal steelhead populations and fisheries.

This advisory group is one component of extensive outreach WDFW is conducting to help guide the current and future management of steelhead stocks on Washington’s coastal river systems. The advisory group will help “develop a plan to protect native and hatchery produced steelhead for each river system of Grays harbor, Willapa bay, and coastal Olympic peninsula,” as required by the Washington Legislature in the 2021-23 budget. The Department will submit that plan to the Legislature by the end of 2022.

“This advisory group will play a key role by providing input on the development of a long-term management strategy for coastal steelhead,” said Kelly Cunningham, director of WDFW’s Fish Program. “These fish and fisheries are critical to coastal communities, and the conservation and long-term sustainability of these stocks are paramount.”

The work of the 12-member advisory group will be partly modeled after the Puget Sound Steelhead Advisory Group, which helped develop the Quicksilver monitoring and evaluation package for Puget Sound steelhead.

Advisors will be selected based on their knowledge of steelhead fisheries and life history, willingness to engage in the management process, and their ability to communicate with fishery managers, any constituent groups they represent, and other advisors and organizations.

Individuals may self-apply or be nominated by a group or another individual. All nominations should be accompanied by a letter expressing the nominee’s interest in the role, including credentials or a resume outlining their qualifications for the advisory group. Nominations should also include:

  • Name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of nominee.
  • If applicable, the individual or organization submitting the nomination.
  • Affiliations with guide or charter groups, or other fishery- and/or conservation-related organizations.
Nominations can be submitted to Cathy Davidson, WDFW Fish Program, at P.O. box 43200, Olympia, WA, 98504, or by email at [email protected].

The first review of applicants will occur on Friday, Sept. 10. Depending on the number of applicants and level of interest, additional interviews may be conducted to determine the final members of the advisory group.

For more information about coastal steelhead in Washington, and for other ways to participate in the season-setting process, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/management/steelhead/coastal.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish, wildlife, and recreational and commercial opportunities.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email ([email protected]).


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The work of the 12-member advisory group will be partly modeled after the Puget Sound Steelhead Advisory Group, which helped develop the Quicksilver monitoring and evaluation package for Puget Sound steelhead.
I was just going to post that being on that committee will be a good way to be hated by everybody. But I changed my mind after reading this little part of the news release. The Quicksilver model is classic bureaucracy: "We can have our cake and eat it too." Quicksilver makes PollyAnna seem like a prophet of doom and gloom. For some recent historical perspective, it's worth noting that every single fisheries restoration and enhancement proposal of the last 50 years by the Department and the Legislature has produced results that made the prophets of doom and gloom predictions way overly optimistic.

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
What I learned so far is a lot of people want to complain about things but when there's a volunteer effort they don't step up. I also found out that when people are on a "committee" lots of others vent to them with complaints and no solutions. And they are usually single issue users and the "committee" is to balance out the needs and uses of a broad user base. I'm on one such committee for activities over here in the basin and found out I'm thin-skinned. I had to talk to one of the Ducks Unlimited VPs and ask him how the heck he dealt with people like that. He gave me some tips. The one I'm on is for the 9 public wildlife areas over here in Grant and Adams counties.


Living at the place of many waters
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It's nice when new folks step in to help. Sometimes things stay the same because the same people get left actually taking action. I know I suffered burnout in a few groups.

bk paige

Wishin I was on the Sauk
It is a waist of time, the commission won't listen to the advisory groups. WDFW won't listen to the commission and wont follow their direction as they are mandated too.

Just like all the public comments "they want" ;)

Rob Allen

Active Member
A few years back I was involved in the volunteer group for managing the Lower Columbia Tributaries. I found the experience rewarding. WDFW has some real bright spots at the biologist level but at the beaurcratiic level some real problems exist.

I am generally pessimistic but I hope we did some good and I learned a lot. Mostly about how biologists use common sense and managers don't.

I encourage anyone who is interested to apply.. you don't have to be an expert.

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