State seeks residents for hatchery advisory group

May 21, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. May 21, 2011

Nominate Issaquah residents as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks members for the Puget Sound Hatchery Action advisory group.

The agency is accepting applications through June 3 for membership in the new board. Officials plan to appoint up to 12 people through the group.

The advisory group is responsible for developing recommendations for potential modifications to the state’s hatchery programs. The state operates the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery downtown.

“We are at a critical stage in efforts to implement improved hatchery practices to restore salmon and steelhead and provide sustainable fishing opportunities in Puget Sound,” Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division manager, said in a release. “We want to draw on the expertise of others to help identify innovative solutions in each watershed.”

The actions identified by the group should provide guidance to the wildlife agency in working alongside tribal comanagers to develop management plans for state hatcheries to suit to each watershed, Bartlett added.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and include the following information:

  • Nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member
  • Nominee’s effectiveness in communication
  • Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination

Nominations must be received by June 3. Nominations may be submitted to Bartlett by mail to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501. Or, email materials to heather.bartlett@dfw.wa.gov. Call Bartlett at 360-902-2662 to learn more.

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