Sportfishing Rule Proposal Form
To propose a sportfishing rule, please fill out this form completely - one proposal or idea per form, please!
Rule proposals need to reach us by May 30, 2014, to be included in this year’s process.
This year we are requesting proposals that meet the following criteria:
- Rules addressing a critical conservation need.
- Rules providing significant recreational opportunities that generate revenue.
Please note that the department is not currently accepting proposals for Salmon, License types and fees, Pacific Halibut, or Coastal Bottomfish, as these are currently addressed in other forums. Please see the box to the right for more information about rulemaking for these topics.
THESE RULE TYPES
DURING THIS PROCESS
Salmon seasons are set through the Pacific Fisheries Management Council/North of Falcon process. This process adopts a cohesive set of rules for sport and commercial salmon fisheries, from ocean fisheries to those inside Puget Sound including freshwater fisheries each year during March and April.
License types and fees
These are set by the Washington State Legislature, and require legislative action for changes. You can contact your state legislators by calling the legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission have the primary responsibility for regulating this fishery. For more information on this process, please call (360) 249-1202.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopts rules for recreational fishing for bottomfish in coastal waters each fall. These rules can include catch quotas, season length, daily limits, and size limits. State rules are generally adopted to match these rules. For more information, call (360) 249-1202.