Fish & Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
November - December 2010
September - October 2010
July - August 2010
May - June 2010
March - April 2010
January - February 2010
- The Department is proposing changes to multiple season permit levels.
- The department is proposing to repeal two WACs that were replaced by wildlife interaction rules filed on June 23, 2010, as part of WSR 10-13-182. It is also proposing to correct an error in one of those wildlife interaction rules.
- SHB 2935, that was signed by the Governor to take effect on July 1, 2010, revises the manner in which appeals of hydraulic project approval (HPA) decisions and orders imposing civil penalties are handled. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) needs to update its rules consistent with SHB 2935. In addition, the department will modify the methods of filing informal appeals.
- The Department is considering rule making for the following: game reserves and closure areas; non-toxic shot regulations; license, tag, and permit refunds and exchanges; falconry regulations; and public conduct rules on Department lands.
- The Commission will consider rule making regarding waterfowl regulations, licensed trapper requirements, and the importation and retention of dead non-resident wildlife.
- The Commission will consider strengthening the rule on baiting waterfowl so that the rule is consistent with the federal regulation on the subject, which is 50 CFR 20.21.
- The Commission will consider rule making regarding hunter reporting.
- The Commission will consider rule making regarding wildlife conflict/damage.
- 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. Rules based on North of Falcon recommendations change from year to year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals.
2010 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.
2010 North of Falcon commercial salmon regulations 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.
2010 North of Falcon commercial salmon rules for Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor and recreational coastal salmon rules
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. The recreational rules aid the department in achieving its salmon conservation goals.
- The Department is considering rule making for the following: deer and elk seasons and permits; cougar permits; black bear seasons and permits; mountain goat, bighorn sheep, and moose permits; raffle and auction rules and fees; bighorn sheep marking rules; turkey seasons and permits; landowner hunting permit program; deer and elk area boundaries; and hunting equipment rules.
- This rule development process will include proposed rule changes to recreational fisheries for game fish and food fish other than salmon in Washington lakes and streams, as well as marine fish and shellfish species.
For more information, see: 2010-2012 Sport Fishing Rule Adoption Process Website
- This proposal will help fishers and processors to plan for same season each year. The rule will be consistent with
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s rule in concurrent waters of the Columbia River.
- The Department is considering changes to several rules related to commercial baitfish fishing including weekly trip limits for anchovies, limiting the percentage of anchovies that can go to reduction (processed for fish meal, etc.), conforming the incidental harvest of sardines to federal rules, and general housekeeping.
- The Department is considering a rule change to require Washington coastal (ocean) pink shrimp licensed vessels to carry federal or state observers onboard during commercial pink shrimp fishing trips.
- This expedited rule proposal seeks to correct references to the American Zoological Association and to recently adopted rules by the Washington Department of Agriculture. It also makes grammatical and punctuation corrections.
- The Department will seek changes to the commercial scallop fishery rule to make it conform with federal regulation 50 C.F.R. Part 660.306
which bans dredge gear in the ocean.
- The Commission will consider adding additional raffle hunt opportunities.