Fish & Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
May - June 2013
March - April 2013
January - February 2013
- The department must amend recreational fishing rules on an annual basis to respond to fish population changes, Fish and Wildlife Commission assignments, housekeeping needs, and conservation issues. This year the department also received proposals from the public. Amendments to these rules will perpetuate fish and shellfish resources while maximizing recreational fishing opportunity.
- The Department is considering rule making for the following: deer and elk seasons and permits; cougar seasons and regulations; black bear seasons and regulations; mountain goat, bighorn sheep, and moose seasons, permits, and regulations; game bird regulations; small game seasons; landowner hunting permit program; deer and elk area boundaries; game management units, special closures and firearm restriction areas; unlawful methods for hunting; hunting equipment rules; special hunting season permits, and other hunting regulations.
- Pursuant to Second Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (2ESSB) 6406 (2012), this project provides WDFW with concurrence review procedures for forest practices projects that involve hydraulic project approvals.
- The purpose of this proposal is to allow recreational anglers fishing for tuna species in Pacific Ocean waters outside three miles from shore to use multiple rods or lines per angler, so long as anglers possess no other species onboard the vessel. This proposal also clarifies existing language that prohibits fishing for salmon for personal use with hand lines in Puget Sound east of the Sekiu River, and in the waters of Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay and the Columbia River. The proposal makes some minor technical changes, including moving a subsection and renumbering other subsections, to improve clarity of the rule. The proposed rule conforms to federal regulations adopted by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
- The Department must annually amend recreational clam and oyster season rules on some public tidelands in response to shellfish population changes, shifts in recreational effort, conservation issues, and negotiations with treaty tribes and other state agencies. Such amendments are designed to perpetuate shellfish resources while maximizing recreational fishing opportunity.
- The purpose of this proposal is to adopt the federal regulations on Pacific halibut imposed
by the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) in 50 C.F.R. §§ 300.60-300.67 and the Federal Register, and incorporate those federal regulations by reference. Incorporation of the federal regulations is required by law.
- Department staff is considering amending wildlife conflict rules.
- The subject of this rule-making is updates and structural improvements to WAC 220-20-010. Specifically, the project splits the rule into multiple, smaller sections, better organizing the subject matter of the provisions contained in WAC 220-20-010. This project also includes adjustments to rule language dealing with Northern Pike to align the WAC with previous WAC changes adopted by the Commission. The project will incorporate the changes to derelict fishing gear provisions referenced in WSR 11-16-076, filed on August 1, 2011