The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director will be holding a meeting to discuss the Department's Wild Future Initiative. Commercial fishing representatives are also encouraged to discuss their fishing operations in the West Coast and North Pacific and give their imput on the Department's operations and programs. The meeting will occur on April 22, 2016, at 1:30 pm, at the Nordby Conference Center, Fisherman's Terminal, Seattle.
On February 8, 2016, the President signed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015. The Act removed the language that would have required commercial fishing vessels to follow new Survival Craft regulations. This means that commercial fishing vessels may continue to use their existing in-water survival craft in accordance with existing regulations. Please see the attached link for further details.