Wilcox salmon recovery bill signed into law; work group to analyze impacts of avian predation on juvenile salmon populations

A bill sponsored by Rep. J.T. Wilcox to study the impacts of avian predation on the health of juvenile salmon populations in Washington has been signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee.

House Bill 2293 will establish the Avian Salmon Predation Work Group, a diverse body comprised of representatives from various stakeholder groups, including federally recognized Indian tribes, commercial and recreational fishers, conservation organizations, and state and federal agencies. The work group will conduct critical research to identify avian species preying on juvenile salmon populations, assess the overall impact of avian predation, and propose remedies.

The work group will be required to submit a report outlining their findings and recommendations to the Legislature and the Department of Fish and Wildlife by June 30, 2025.

“The declining health of our salmon runs touches the lives of everyone in Washington, whether they realize it or not,” said Wilcox, R-Yelm. “From landowners to loggers, farmers to fishers, and everyone in between, the vitality of our salmon populations has significant economic, cultural, and ecological consequences for all who call Washington home. While we have invested heavily in salmon recovery efforts over the years, avian predation remains a serious concern that must be thoroughly analyzed. I am confident this group will do that important work as we strive to ensure the sustainable future of salmon, and all who rely on salmon, for generations to come.”

House Bill 2293, which received unanimous approval in the House and Senate, will go into effect June 6.

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