ATTENTION PNW Divers!!! Please show your support for Washington's abalone, and spread the word.
Click here for more details: https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/pinto_abalone/
Also, please see the attached pdf.PINTO ABALONE STATUS REVIEW
Pinto abalone are iconic marine snails valued for their cultural importance, role in the marine ecosystem, beautiful shells, and as food. Despite a ban on harvest and the establishment of a captive breeding program, information available to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests that remnant populations are not reproducing in the wild and may be in peril of local extinction. WDFW is soliciting any available data on the species, and seeks public comment on a proposal to list the pinto abalone as a state endangered species. Please join us for a presentation at one of two initial public meetings listed below. Data and comments received at the meetings, through mail, via email, or over the phone will be summarized for a status review submitted to the Fish and Wildlife Commission. For more information contact our representative, or visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/pinto_abalone/
Please consider attending one of the following public meetings:
December 4, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
December 10, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Anacortes Public Library
1220 10th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221
Or, submit comments and questions to:
WDFW, Fish Program, attention: Michael Ulrich
P.O. Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504-3200