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Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopts new sportfishing rules, approves land transactions

March 10, 2013 · 5:15 PM
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The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted numerous changes to sportfishing rules and approved three land transactions during a public meeting March 1 in Moses Lake.

Nearly 70 sportfishing rules were adopted by the commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Rules approved by the commission include:

 

Most new rules take effect May 1. Summaries of the rule changes, as adopted, will be available on WDFW’s website in the next two weeks.

In other action, the commission approved three land transactions, including the purchase of 1,614 acres in Asotin County. The acquisition is phase two of a multi-year project to secure a total of nearly 12,000 acres of riparian habitat for steelhead and bull trout and terrestrial habitat for deer, bighorn sheep and elk.

The commission also approved the purchase of 195 acres of lowlands in the Chinook River Estuary in Pacific County to increase salmon habitat, and an easement across four properties along Issaquah Creek in King County for the construction of a replacement intake system upstream from the WDFW Issaquah Fish Hatchery.

In other business, the commission held a public hearing on proposed changes to hunting rules. The 17 adjustments proposed by WDFW include allowing the use of illuminated arrow nocks for archery equipment and restoring antlerless elk opportunities for archery hunters in Yakima County, specifically in Game Management Units 352 (Nile) and 356 (Bumping).

The proposed adjustments are available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/development.html#12-19-007. The commission will consider final adoption of the proposed changes to hunting rules at its April 12-13 meeting in Olympia.

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