In the wake of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (WDFW) recent decision to not designate a Wild Steelhead Gene Bank (WSGB) for the north Puget Sound, WDFW is now seeking applications for membership on a new ad hoc advisory group. The group is tasked with developing fishery and hatchery management strategies tailored to specific watersheds throughout Puget Sound as well as helping identify a new wild steelhead gene bank in north Puget Sound.
The new advisory group will meet twice a month through December to develop recommendations that support conservation objectives and improve sustainable fisheries opportunities for steelhead in tributaries to the Sound. WDFW is planning to use the input from the advisory group to make a final decision on a gene bank in north Puget Sound later this year.
If you are well acquainted with the fisheries, hatchery programs, and ecological issues of watersheds throughout Puget Sound and are interested in helping make the entire Skagit Watershed a WSGB, then please consider applying today.
To apply please submit the following information in writing to the address below:
- Applicant’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
- Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group.
- Applicant’s effectiveness in communication.
- Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination.
Applications must be received by Sept. 1. They may be submitted to Cathy Davidson by mail: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501; or email at Cathy.Davidson@dfw.wa.gov. For more information, contact Jim Scott at (360) 902-2736.