OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking candidates to serve on a citizen committee that advises the department on Puget Sound recreational crab and shrimp fishing.

Up to 12 individuals will be chosen for two-year appointments that begin on June 1. Candidates have until April 30 to apply.

Committee members will advise department fishery managers on issues such as structuring sustainable fishing opportunities and developing fishery management plans, said Bob Sizemore, Puget Sound shellfish manager for WDFW. “Advisors provide a valuable link between the department and recreational fishers,” Sizemore said.

Interested individuals do not have to be affiliated with an organized group. Any group or individual also can nominate a candidate.

Letters of interest or nominations must include the following information:

  • Name, address, telephone number and email address of the person to be considered.
  • Relevant experience (including the Puget Sound marine area where the candidate most often harvests crab/shrimp) and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group.
  • Views on how an advisor should work with other Puget Sound advisors and WDFW staff in resolving Puget Sound crab and shrimp fishery issues.
  • Effectiveness in communication, including methods the candidate would use to relay information to regional constituents.

Applications are due by 5 p.m., April 30, and may be mailed to: WDFW Port Townsend District Office, Attn: Bob Sizemore, 375 Hudson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5614. Applications can also be emailed to

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