WDFW asks for public input on Columbia River policy

WDFW asks for public input on Columbia River policy

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is inviting people to share their views on a draft of a state policy regarding salmon fisheries in the lower Columbia River at four upcoming meetings.

According to WDFW, the policy is designed to promote orderly fisheries, advance the recovery of wild salmon and steelhead, and support the economic well-being of the Columbia River fishing industry.

The department is asking the public to join in discussions with two WDFW advisory groups at any or all of four meetings. All of the meetings will be held at WDFW’s regional office at 5525 S. 11th St. in Ridgefield.

-The Columbia River Commercial Fishing Advisory Group: Meetings scheduled May 15 and July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-The Columbia River Recreational Fishing Advisory Group: Meetings scheduled May 15 and July 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You can find an initial draft of the policy here.