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WDFW seeks public input on coastal steelhead seasons

July 28 virtual public town hall will be first in a series

 


With recent and long term declines in coastal steelhead and last season’s early closure to the 2020-2021 coastal steelhead sport fishery, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers will host a suite of virtual public town hall meetings this summer and fall to gather feedback from the public as they prepare for next season.

Anglers and other interested members of the public are invited to attend a 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 28, virtual town hall and workshop to hear initial indications for 2020-2021 fishery returns, get more information about upcoming opportunities to stay engaged in pre-season planning, and provide their feedback for the 2021-2022 season.

This year’s early closure followed an initial modified approach to the 2020-2021 coastal steelhead season, restricting the use of bait and fishing from a boat, in an effort to increase the number of wild steelhead that return to the spawning grounds. Tribal governments took similar steps to help support coastal steelhead conservation and are expediting post-season analysis alongside WDFW to support more advance public engagement ahead of next season.

WDFW continues to operate under its Statewide Steelhead Management Plan, which requires the department to prioritize the sustainability of wild coastal steelhead runs, including issues of abundance, productivity, diversity, and distribution.

For more information about the July 28 workshop and upcoming coastal steelhead virtual town hall meetings this summer and fall, visit wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/management/steelhead/coastal. The meetings will be recorded and posted online so people can also watch the meetings afterwards at their convenience.

 

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