For more information on species & ecosystem science:

Wildlife Science

Fish Science

Habitat Science

Landowner Opt-Out Form
* Denotes a required field
* First Name:
* Last Name:
* Parcel Number(s):
Find parcel numbers

Please separate multiple parcel numbers with commas
* Street Address:
* City:
* Zip/Postal Code:
* E-mail:
Phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx
Reason for
By submitting this form you certify that you are the legal
owner or lessee of the parcel(s) you've listed above.


Find Parcel Numbers

Marine Beach Spawning Fish Ecology

Beach Surveys

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is surveying public and private beaches around Puget Sound to document the spawning areas of forage fish.

The surveys are designed to determine where and when forage fish, such as surf smelt and Pacific sand lance, spawn in Puget Sound. Both species generally spawn near the water’s edge during high tides where their eggs adhere to the substrate and incubate on the beach.

During the surveys, crews working with WDFW will collect sediment samples to test for fish spawn, photograph beach conditions and take measurements at randomly selected beaches throughout Puget Sound. Beach surveys generally take less than one hour per location.

Landowners who want to deny access to their beach properties can opt out of the surveys by filling out this online form. Anyone who chooses to opt out will need to provide his or her name, property address and parcel number.

Photo of two researchers conducting a beach survey.
Photo of surf smelt in gloved hands of researcher.