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State and Federal Efforts

The state and federal governments are working to protect our fish by:

  • enforcing the ban on high seas drift nets
  • implementing the U.S./Canada treaty to limit Canadian take of U.S. fish and vice versa
  • implementing the Forest and Fish Report on forestry in private lands throughout Washington. The report addresses issues such as sediment control, road construction, and stream side buffers
  • mass marking hatchery fish to more effectively target hatchery-produced fish for harvest, allowing more wild fish to return to spawn
  • implementing the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program to compensate rural land owners for setting aside land in priority riparian areas
  • revising the state stormwater management technical manual to make it more consistent with salmon recovery
  • increasing state and federal funding for habitat projects
  • collaborating with local governments to prepare local salmon recovery plans
  • requiring commercial fishers to record any catches of protected fish and the steps taken to ensure their release and survival
  • developing a long-range plan to better monitor the incidental commercial catch of non-targeted species and develop new ways to harvest fish from plentiful stocks while minimizing harm to protected fish
  • enforcing new ways to monitor commercial and sport fishers

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Endangered Species Act Program Manager: Ron Wierenga
Mailing address: P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver WA 98666-9810
Street Address: Clark County Public Service Center, Room 150, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA 98660.
Main phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4345 | Fax: (360) 397-2062 Relay 711 or (800) 833-6384
E-mail: Ron Wierenga

Responsible Elected Official: Clark County Commissoners

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