The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for a vacant position on the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board, a citizen advisory group responsible for reviewing plans to improve sport fishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to the board, which is composed of nine people affiliated with recreational fishing organizations in the region.

The board currently has one vacant position in southwest Washington (Region 5). The board’s primary role is to advise WDFW on implementation of the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Pilot Endorsement Program, approved by state lawmakers during the 2009 legislative session.

Board members will also serve as an important communication link with the fishing public. People seeking appointment to the board should have a solid background in Columbia River fisheries management, along with the ability to communicate effectively with anglers and anglers’ organizations.

The board meets at least three times per year to review and evaluate program implementation, program expenditures and provide recommendations consistent with the intent of the pilot endorsement program. WDFW will provide financial assistance with meeting-related travel costs.

Board members serve two-year terms, effective 2013, and can be reappointed. Current Board members have all agreed to reappointment; however, nominees are still needed for the existing vacant position.

Nominations must be mailed no later than Oct. 31 to: Jeff Korth, Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement Program, 1550 Alder St. NW, Ephrata, WA 98823. More information is available by contacting Korth at (509) 754-4624 ext. 224.

Nominations must include the following information:

  • The nominee’s name, physical and email address and telephone number.
  • The nominee’s affiliations.
  • The name, address and telephone number of any organization submitting a nomination.
  • Experience, including the amount and type of experience, and any species or areas of interest.
  • References.

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