Two days left to send comments to WDFW
Many of you know this already and I have seen many posts surrounding this issue but I thought a reminder might be necessary.
There are only two days left to send your comments into the WDFW regarding proposed rule changes. No matter what your perspective is on the subject, I believe the WDFW needs to see that people are paying attention. One of the proposals is to shorten the steelhead season on the Skagit and Nooksack and several other rivers.
OLYMPIA - There's still time for people to provide comments to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on state sportfishing rules proposed for 2010-12.
WDFW will accept written comments on the proposals through Dec. 1. The proposed rules include several measures designed to protect fish and shellfish.
Close fishing seasons that allow retention of hatchery-reared steelhead a month earlier on a stretch of the Skagit River and two weeks earlier on portions of several other north Puget Sound rivers including the Pilchuck, Raging, Skykomish, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Stillaguamish, Nooksack and north, south and middle Nooksack rivers, as well as Pilchuck creek. All of those rivers would close to retention of hatchery steelhead at the end of the day on Feb. 15 under proposals designed to further efforts to conserve and restore Puget Sound wild steelhead, which are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Comments can be submitted by mail to WDFW Rules Coordinator Lori Preuss at [email protected]
or 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501.
In addition, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the proposals at its Dec. 4-5 meeting in Olympia. Written testimony can also be submitted during that meeting.