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Public can comment on review of federal sea lion science

The scientists’ draft report is posted for review on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/steller_sealions/. A public meeting has also been scheduled Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. to discuss the panel’s findings at the Anchorage Hilton hotel, 500 West Third Ave. The panel of four…


Skokomish River salmon fishery opens in August with similar regulations as last year

OLYMPIA – The recreational salmon fishery on the Skokomish River will get under way Aug. 1 downstream of the Highway 106 Bridge and Aug. 2 upstream of the bridge to the Highway 101 Bridge under regulations similar to last year. State and tribal co-managers recently reached agreement on salmon fisheries…


Snake River chinook fishing closes this weekend

OLYMPIA – The fishery for spring chinook salmon on the Snake River will close this weekend due to high catch rates over the past week that have pushed the total harvest near the limit for the season. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today that spring chinook…


Razor-clam dig approved at two beaches April 7-9

OLYMPIA– State shellfish managers today announced that the first of two razor-clam digs scheduled in April will proceed as planned, after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams are safe to eat. Two ocean beaches – Long Beach and Twin Harbors – will be open for clam digging on morning low…


Fish and Wildlife Commission set to take action on hunting rules

OLYMPIA –The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on a variety of new hunting rules at a public meeting April 8-9 in Olympia. The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will meet both days in room 172 of the…


Fishing seasons for halibut reflect higher catch quota

OLYMPIA – This year’s recreational halibut seasons will be similar to 2010 in Puget Sound, but may allow for more days of fishing off the coast under new catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. This year’s quota for Washington, Oregon and California is 910,000 pounds, up 12…


Razor-clam dig gets green light at ocean beaches March 19-22

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers today got a green light to proceed with a four-day razor-clam dig scheduled to begin Saturday, March 19, on four beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to…


Federal panel adopts options for ocean salmon sport fisheries

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Anglers fishing along the Washington coast will see a lower catch quota for chinook salmon this year even though the total number of fish expected to return is higher. Three ocean salmon-fishing options approved today by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) establish a lower harvest range…


Strong runs of Columbia River chinook, Puget Sound coho and pink salmon projected

OLYMPIA – Fishing prospects look bright this year for chinook in Washington’s ocean waters and the Columbia River, according to preseason salmon forecasts released today at a public meeting in Olympia. Opportunities for anglers also look good in Puget Sound, where coho and pink salmon runs are expected to be…


Washington Spring Black Bear Hunt Applications Due March 10

OLYMPIA – Hunters may now purchase and submit applications for a 2011 spring black bear hunting permit, applicable to specific areas of western and eastern Washington. To be eligible for a permit, hunters must purchase and submit an application to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by midnight…