Lead Creel Technician at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Mill Creek, WA
This fall, I have continued working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. I am now working as the Lead Creel Technician on the Snohomish creel team. It has been an eventful fall with an early closure of the Coho salmon fishery on the Stillaguamish River, but the creel team has been adapting and finding other rivers to monitor and projects to work on. As a Lead Creel Technician, I helped train new creel technicians who joined the team in September, and I continue to answer questions and direct other technicians. My main job responsibility is to conduct interviews of anglers on the river to determine angler effort, catch rate, and harvest rate of species such as Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, and Steelhead trout. I have also been helping my supervisor analyze data from previous and present fisheries, which directly impacts management decisions. I learned so much from my previous co-op term with WDFW, and I am excited to continue learning this fall.