Legislation heard today by the Senate Ways & Means Committee would overhaul outdated state laws governing methods for catching salmon. “Our restrictions on fishing methods are badly in need of updating,” said Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim). “Improvements to pound nets and fish traps have been shown to be far more effective at harvesting hatchery salmon while releasing wild fish unharmed. We have the opportunity to improve our harvests and increase the health of our salmon population at the same time.” Senate Bill 5567 would repeal the state’s restrictions on the use of pound nets, round haul nets, fish traps, fish wheels and certain other gear for catching salmon and steelhead. It also directs the state Department of Fish & ...Read More
Although pandemic safety measures are being observed throughout the Legislature,
About Sen. Kevin Van De Wege
Kevin has represented the communities of the 24th Legislative District for 10 years in the House followed by the past four years in the Senate, where his priorities are the creation of rural, family-wage jobs, access to health and long-term care, and quality education.
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Sen. Kevin Van De Wege In The News
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