For more information on fisheries management, please contact the WDFW Fish Program.
360-902-2700
fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov

 

 
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
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Public meetings scheduled to discuss Willapa Bay salmon management
WDFW has scheduled seven public meetings this fall and winter to discuss and develop a new draft policy for managing salmon fisheries in Willapa Bay.  Learn More >>

NORTH OF FALCON 2014
North of Falcon State, federal and tribal fishery managers are currently planning the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. As part of the salmon-season setting process, the WDFW has scheduled several public meetings.
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Federal council adopts alternatives for ocean salmon sport fisheries

COLUMBIA RIVER SEA LIONS
California sea lion eating salmon Columbia River salmon and steelhead face a serious threat from California sea lions that prey on fish waiting to move up the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam in early spring. Each year since 2002, sea lions have consumed thousands of migrating fish, many from threatened and endangered runs protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Learn more >>

SALMON CONSERVATION

The Salmon Conservation Reporting Engine (SCoRE) website provides up-to-date information on populations, and provide context for the efforts WDFW and its partners are taking in the arenas of habitat, hatcheries, and harvest to protect and conserve salmon and steelhead in Washington. Learn more >>


HATCHERIES
Updated lower Columbia River hatchery genetic management plans available for review
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept public comments through Oct. 5 on updated draft management plans that will be used by the agency to operate several hatchery programs in the lower Columbia River. Learn more >>

PUGET SOUND ROCKFISH CONSERVATION
To protect and restore rockfish populations in Puget Sound, WDFW has developed a Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Plan. The management plan approved in March 2011 includes policies, strategies and actions designed to help restore and maintain abundance, distribution, diversity and long-term productivity of rockfish populations in Puget Sound.

SALMON AND STEELHEAD CONSERVATION

21st Century Salmon and Steelhead Initiative

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21st Century Salmon and Steelhead Initiative
Big challenges for wild salmon and steelhead require that management and recovery efforts be more strategic than ever. WDFW must: support the work of our partners to restore and protect habitat; ensure fisheries protect wild populations; and reform hatchery programs. There wasn’t a blueprint for how to accomplish this all at once- so we made one. Learn More >>


FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION
Draft Hatchery & Fishery Reform Policy

Hatchery & Fishery Reform Policy
The hatchery and fishery reform policy is designed to advance WDFW’s ongoing effort to ensure hatchery operations help conserve and recover naturally spawning salmon and steelhead populations while also supporting sustainable fisheries. Learn More >>


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VidCap of Low Oxygen Event Underwater video of the September 2006 low dissolved oxygen event in Hood Canal, Puget Sound.

 

 
   LATEST NEWS
Federal funding cuts lead to reductions in Columbia River hatchery coho, steelhead
Washington and Oregon seek nominations for Columbia River fishery advisory groups
Public meetings scheduled to discuss Willapa Bay salmon management
Committee members sought for Puget Sound recreational fisheries enhancement group
WDFW seeks nominations to new Willapa Bay salmon advisory group
New Puget Sound smelt fishing regulations now in effect
Updated state hatchery genetic management plans available for review
SalmonScape SalmonScape
Interactive mapping application includes salmon distribution, status, and habitats
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Salmon and Steelhead Conservation
Fish District Biologists
Marine Protected Areas in Puget Sound
Comprehensive Management Plan for Puget Sound Chinook: Harvest Management Component
Columbia River Sea Lions: Restoring balance between predators and salmon
Salmonid Stock Inventory (SaSI)