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States seek nominations for Columbia River fishery advisory groups

October 16, 2014

CLACKAMAS, Ore - Fishery managers in Oregon and Washington are seeking candidates to fill positions on the Columbia River Commercial Fishery Advisory Group and Columbia River Recreational Fishery Advisory Group. These committees provide guidance to decision-makers on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The two groups meet three to four times a year to develop recommendations for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and smelt fisheries.

Members are also expected to provide comments on issues addressed by the North of Falcon season-setting process for salmon fisheries, Columbia River Compact commercial fishing hearings and joint state hearings on sport fishing policies.

“Advisory group members provide an important voice for the fishing public,” said John North, Columbia River fisheries manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “We’re looking for candidates who can fill that essential role.”

Each advisory group has up to 16 members, which together represent all aspects of the Northwest fishing industry.

Any group or individual may submit a nomination. Nominations should include the following information: A resume with contact information and a statement that describes the nominee's fishing experience, interest in serving on the committee and ability to communicate with regional constituents.

The two states’ fish and wildlife departments will accept nominations through Friday, Nov. 14. The states ask that nominations be submitted to WDFW by mail at 2108 Grand Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, by FAX at (360) 906-6776, or by email to

For more information on nominations to the sportfishing advisory group, see For more information on nominations to the commercial fishing advisory group, see


John North (971) 673-6029
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

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