Friday, July 9, 2010

Please Comment: To WDFW Customers, Stakeholders and Interested Parties:

Please take the time to tell WDFW how you feel about the state of Washington's Wild Fish. It is imperative that the state hears from those who want management that emphasizes the importance of wild fish. Tell WDFW to meet their own goals as laid out in the Steelhead Management Plan and designate Wild Salmonid Management Zones in each ESU, to reduce the ecological and genetic impacts of hatchery supplementation, set escapement goals based on historic abundance rather than political expedience and MSY principles and end the harvest of wild steelhead in Washington State. The future of our wild salmonids is in our own hands. COMMENT PERIOD ENDS July 23rd.

Press Release from WDFW

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) wants your input as we develop our 2011-2017 Strategic Plan. We’re particularly interested in your views on priority strategies, initiatives and projects the agency should focus on in the coming biennium, July 2011- June 2013.

This planning process informs and helps guide development of the budget request proposal we will submit to the state Office of Financial Management this fall. Specifically, we’d like to hear your concerns and proposed solutions to help protect and manage the state’s fish, wildlife and their habitats. What should we work on? What needs to be fixed?

The draft Strategic Plan is posted on the WDFW website at It provides WDFW leaders’ initial assessment of high-priority needs and describes ways we intend to address those needs. We welcome your suggestions on strategies and ideas for specific projects and activities to achieve the Goals and Objectives for 2011-17, beginning on page 18.

We’ve included our current list of strategic projects for the 2009-11 biennium in Appendix A of the draft as an example of what we’re looking for.

In these economically challenging times, we recognize that we cannot meet all fish and wildlife management needs. We have lost nearly 31 percent of our state General Fund support and been forced to cut 10 percent of our staff in the current 2009-11 biennium. Further reductions are anticipated in the coming 2011-13 biennium. These reductions affect vital fish and wildlife management activities, such as hatchery fish production, game population surveys, recovery efforts for at-risk species, maintenance of state wildlife lands that provide habitat and recreation opportunities, and habitat protection and restoration.

Achieving our strategic goals will depend on our ability to make tough choices in prioritizing and allocating resources. Now, more than ever, we must make the most of limited resources and that’s why we’re asking you for feedback to help us make those difficult choices.

Conserving our natural resources and providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities are the agency’s mandates and we will continue to do our best to accomplish our mission in these difficult times. We will keep our long term goals in sight and continue to focus on priorities as we move forward.

We welcome your input by July 23, 2010. You may submit your comments online at the site above, or by e-mail at this address:

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