Puget Sound Anglers Platform
We are the Puget Sound Anglers. We are dedicated to preserving
quality fisheries. We believe that our salmon resources
can be restored with sound biological management. We believe
in the comradeship and wishes of fellow sport fishing anglers.
We believe our grandchildren can have a higher quality fishery
than any of us ever had.
Recreational fishing is an
important part of our culture and way of life.
Our fisheries should be
managed for conservation of the resource first and secondly
to provide quality, sustainable recreational fisheries.
We support full enforcement of
our fisheries laws, rules and agreements.
We support Hatchery Reform.
Adopted on Saturday April 15, 2006 at the
Puget Sound Anglers
State Board meeting
Puget Sound Anglers Mission Statement
The Puget Sound Anglers us an organization
of independent chapters, with common goals and interests,
bound only by integrity and fellowship, with the goal of
preserving, protecting and enhancing the sport fisheries
of Washington State.
The general outline of the
organization is for each chapter to remain an independent
nature. The State Board was formed with members from each
of the chapters and is responsible to those chapters. The
State Board is to assist in forming new chapters and promote
membership. In addition, it is to help communications among
the chapters regarding fund raising and projects of interest
Puget Sound Anglers Position Statement
Sound Anglers organization exists to enhance the
opportunities for sport fishing through educational,
scientific, governmental and other activities consistent
with the preservation and enhancement of fishery resources.
We work for the benefit of our members, affiliated
organizations, and others in the recreational fishing
community who share our view that common sense and good
science is critical to the proper management of our fishery
resources. Changes in our position statements may occur
when new information relating to the issue becomes
Anglers will fight to protect access and keep recreational
fishing open on all waters of the state unless there is a
clear indication that recreational sport fishers are the
primary cause of a specific conservation problem and that
less severe conservation measures, such as gear
restrictions, bag limits, size restrictions, quotas, or
closed seasons will not adequately provide for conservation
and management of the affected stocks of concern.
areas are proposed to be established, any such closure must
be supported by the best available scientific information
with the area identified by specific land points or
latitude/longitude boundaries. Additionally, any closed
area regulation shall include specific measurable criteria
to determine the conservation benefit of the closed area on
the affected stocks of fish and shall sunset at the end of
three years unless scientific data is presented to maintain
the closure. Continuance of the closure will be on an
annual basis to allow for periodic review of the continued
need for the closed area. If the closure is not supported
by the scientific evidence collected, the closed area will
be re-opened to recreational fishing in the next regulation
cycle by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife