Fish & Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
PO Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504-3200
November - December 2009
September - October 2009
July - August 2009
May - June 2009
March - April 2009
January - February 2009
The Department is proposing changes to reporting requirements for incidental allowances of groundfish and halibut in commercial troll fisheries and clarifications to the rules governing the landing of lingcod and halibut in a dressed condition.
- The legislature created a new license limitation program for the harvest and delivery of Pacific sardines into the state and the current emerging commercial fishery rules for sardine will no longer apply once this new law becomes effective. These proposed rules would extend the current harvest, bycatch, landing, and reporting requirements to the new licenses and incorporate federal coastal pelagic species regulations by reference.
- This proposal is intended to clarify and provide opportunity for additional discussions about the reserve boundaries.
- The proposed changes to WAC 232-12-073 mirror the two statutes in SHB 1778 and provide accountability standards for initial and renewal applicants. These rules also indicate the conditions and lengths of time for which a Master Hunter permit will be suspended. The effect of these rules will be to ensure that master hunters are ethical hunters and can serve as highly regarded role models for the general hunting community.
- This rule implements a program to recover lost and abandoned commercial crab gear after the close of the
Coastal commercial fishery.
- Changes the measurement criteria for sturgeon to fork length instead of total length for Columbia River treaty Indian
and non-Indian fisheries. Also adds language that allows for revocation of a commercial carp permit.
- These rule proposals specify the legal season dates, bag limits, and open areas to hunt waterfowl, coot, and snipe for the 2009-10 hunting season, and correct a road designation contained within the boundary description of the Byron Game Reserve.
- Each year, state, federal, and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. This series of public meetings, known as the North of Falcon process, involves federal, state, tribal, and industry representatives and concerned citizens.
This year’s North of Falcon salmon season-setting process has concluded.
Provided on this page are the 2009-10 recreational and commercial salmon regulations for Washington’s marine areas, Puget Sound and the Columbia River. These regulations are subject to change during the 2009-10 season. Please visit WDFW’s Fishing Regulations website for all regulations and rule changes.
North of Falcon recreational salmon rules
The department revised the salmon rules for recreational anglers so that the rules are realistic, considering the availability of salmon to be caught, and so the rules aid the department in achieving its salmon conservation goals.
North of Falcon commercial salmon rules for Puget Sound
The department revised the salmon rules for commercial anglers in Puget Sound so that the rules help the department meet salmon spawning goals, minimize bycatch or incidental fishing impacts, monitor and sample all fisheries, maintain the economic well-being and stability of the fishing industry, fully utilize the non-Indian allowable catch, and fairly allocate harvest opportunity between gear groups.
North of Falcon commercial salmon rules for Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor
The department revised the salmon rules for commercial anglers in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor so that the rules help the department meet salmon spawning goals, minimize bycatch or incidental fishing impacts, monitor and sample all fisheries, maintain the economic well-being and stability of the fishing industry, fully utilize the non-Indian allowable catch, and fairly allocate harvest opportunity between gear groups.