NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS
DATE: August 28, 2004
PLACE: Kitsap Conference Center
100 Washington Avenue
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has scheduled a public meeting to receive testimony regarding possible amendments to Washington Administrative Code (WAC) rules related to the two-year statewide moratorium on wild steelhead retention: WAC 232-12-619 Permanent Washington statewide game fish rules and 232-28-619 Washington food fish and game fish -- Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules.
This public hearing provides interested persons the opportunity to make oral comments to the commission on whether the wide steelhead retention moratorium should be rescinded, amended in some fashion, or kept in place.
The Fish and Wildlife Department filed proposed rule amendments with the Office of the Code Reviser on June 18, 2004, for publication in the Washington State Register (WSR 04-13-094). The proposals may be viewed by using the search tool at the following webpage http://search.leg.wa.gov/.
People who are interested in providing their views on the moratorium and/or possible rule amendments but are unable to attend the August 28 hearing should send written comments to the commission at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.
Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only those letters and e-mail received by the August 25, 2004, deadline will be accepted for consideration. Oral testimony may be given only at the August 28 hearing, and each persons will be limited to three minutes maximum. No further input will be accepted for consideration after the August 28, hearing.
If you plan to provide comments at the hearing, the commission encourages you to bring eleven copies with you to the hearing. You may also presubmit comments electronically to the above e-mail address.
Final consideration of the proposed rule amendments is scheduled for the commission's September 2, 2004, meeting, which takes place via telephone conference call. The public may listen to the discussion via speakerphone at the commission office. No public input will be accepted during the call.
Contact Susan Yeager in the commission office at (360) 902-2267 for further information, and to identify special accommodation needs for attendance at the August 28 hearing.