Agency Plans and Reports - Annual Reports
Date Published: 2009
Number of Pages: 4
- Ensuring the survival of Washingtonâ€™s native fish and wildlife species
- Providing sustainable fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities
- Supporting local communities and small businesses through fish- and wildlife-related recreation and tourism.
These are the mandates of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the agency responsible for protecting and perpetuating our stateâ€™s biodiversity.
More than a million people go sport fishing, hunting or wildlife viewing each year in Washington. These activities contribute nearly $3 billion annually to the stateâ€™s economy, while commercial fisheries add another $3.8 billion. Healthy fish and wildlife populations are central to the quality of life and the heritage of Washington citizens.
But as the stateâ€™s population grows and natural land is converted to human use, we can no longer assume the animals we enjoy today will be here tomorrow. Dozens of native species are listed for protection as threatened or endangered and many others are candidates for listing. Ensuring their survival and carefully managing fishing and hunting opportunities to sustain the resource, is the daily work of WDFW biologists, lab technicians, enforcement officers, hatchery workers, land stewards and others.
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (email@example.com
). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html