Applicants sought for ad-hoc coastal steelhead advisory group

Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are seeking applicants for an ad-hoc advisory group to help develop management plans for the state’s coastal steelhead populations and fisheries.

The advisory group will help “develop a plan to protect native and hatchery produced steelhead for each river system of Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, and coastal Olympic Peninsula,” as required by the Washington Legislature in the 2021-23 budget. The Department will submit that plan to the Legislature by the end of 2022.

“This advisory group will play a key role by providing input on the development of a long-term management strategy for coastal steelhead,” said Kelly Cunningham, director of the department’s Fish Program. “These fish and fisheries are critical to coastal communities, and the conservation and long-term sustainability of these stocks are paramount.”

The work of the 12-member advisory group will be partly modeled after the Puget Sound Steelhead Advisory Group.

Advisors will be selected based on their knowledge of steelhead fisheries and life history, willingness to engage in the management process, and their ability to communicate with fishery managers, any constituent groups they represent, and other advisors and organizations.

Individuals may self-apply or be nominated by a group or another individual. All nominations should be accompanied by a letter expressing the nominee’s interest in the role, including credentials or a resume outlining their qualifications for the advisory group.

Nominations should also include the name, address, telephone number, and email address of nominee; the individual or organization submitting the nomination, if applicable; and affiliations with guide or charter groups, or other fishery- and/or conservation-related organizations.

Nominations can be submitted to Cathy Davidson, WDFW Fish Program, at P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA, 98504, or by email at

The first review of applicants will occur Friday, Sept. 10.

Depending on the number of applicants and level of interest, additional interviews may be conducted to determine the final members of the advisory group.

For more information about coastal steelhead in Washington, and for other ways to participate in the season-setting process, visit

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