Permanent rules adopted in 2020

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Spring Bear Seasons

Modifies seasons and permit numbers to provide recreational hunting opportunity in a manner that does not jeopardize bear populations.

Public Comment Period:

Public Survey: The online public survey is open from October 7-29, 2020. http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DKDY6SD

Written Comments are due by November 26, 2020
Written comments may be emailed to:  wildthing@dfw.wa.gov
Or mailed to: WDFW Rules Coordinator
PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200 

Public Hearing:

December 3-5 at 8:00 a.m.

This meeting will take place by webinar. The public may participate in the meeting. Visit the Commission meetings page or contact the Commission office at 360-902-2267 or commission@dfw.wa.gov for instructions on how to join the meeting.

Commercial whale watching licenses

Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and the species' decline led to an Executive Order from Governor Inslee to establish the Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force.

Public Comment Period:

Written comments are due by December 5, 2020

Written comments may be mailed to:
Julie Watson
PO Box 43200
Olympia, WA  98504-3200

To submit written comments electronically, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cwwrules. Comments received by November 13 will be summarized and presented to the Commission during the December 4-5 hearing, however WDFW will continue to accept and consider written comments received through December 5, 2020.

Public Hearing:

Public hearing: December 4-5, 2020 8:00 a.m

This meeting will take place by webinar. The public may participate in the meeting. Visit our website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission/meetings or contact the Commission office at (360) 902-2267 or commission@dfw.wa.gov for instructions on how to join the meeting.

 

Target practice on department lands

The department is considering comprehensive statewide target practice rules for all WDFW owned and managed lands.

Public Comment Period:

Written Comments are due by September 23, 2020
Written comments may be emailed to: Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.gov
Or mailed to: Wildlife Program
PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200 

Public Hearing:

October 23-24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
This meeting will take place by webinar and/or conference call. The public may participate in the meeting. Visit our website at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission/meetings or contact the Commission office at 360-902-2267 or commission@dfw.wa.gov for instructions on how to join the meeting.

Ocean salmon rules

The department is considering reorganizing the ocean commercial and recreational salmon fishing regulations.

Public Comment Period:

Written Comments are due by October 21, 2020
Written comments may be emailed to: Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.gov
Or mailed to: WDFW Rules Coordinator
PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200 

Public Hearing:

October 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
This meeting will take place by webinar and/or conference call. The public may participate in the meeting. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8gcvs9VJSFOkJVlRf_kepg

Hunting contests

The department is considering rule changes to how it administers hunting contests.

Management of rule-making files

The department is considering new rules to govern the management of our rule-making files.

Coastal Dungeness Crab Gear Recovery

Per HB 2250, the department is revising the coastal crab gear recovery rules to allow recovery permits to be issued from May 1-September 15 each year.

2020 North of Falcon Rules - Recreational Fishing

The department is considering amending current recreational fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during North of Falcon meetings.

2020 North of Falcon - Puget Sound Commercial Fishing

The department is considering amending current Puget Sound commercial fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during North of Falcon meetings.

2020 North of Falcon - Coastal Commercial salmon Fisheries

The Department is considering changes to WDFW's coastal commercial salmon fishing rules, resulting from North of Falcon recommendations. Coastal commercial salmon fishing rules are based on North of Falcon recommendations that change from year to year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals. Amendments to coastal commercial salmon fishing rules are needed to implement the agreed-upon changes.

Hunting Season Setting Rules and Regulations (including cougar)

The department is considering rule changes for hunting season regulations and conflict mitigation.

Amendments to Hydraulic Code Rules

Rule amendments are needed to implement elements in sections 4 through 11 of 2SHB 1579 to add a mechanism for preapplication determination, implement enhanced civil compliance tools, remove references to repealed statutes, and clarify administrative actions that are subject to informal and formal appeal.

2020 Recreational Clam and Oyster Seasons

Recreational sturgeon fishing

The department is considering amendments to Sturgeon recreational fishing rules.

Changes to coastal commercial - Dungeness Crab Rules

Rules are needed to implement regulatory measures that will reduce the risk of crab pot gear entanglements with humpback whales.

Recreational Marine Fish/Shellfish Rule Simplification

The department is considering amendments to shellfish and marine fish recreational fishing rules to provide fishing opportunity, to address conservation objectives, and to simplify rules.

Freshwater Recreational Gamefish rules

The department is considering amendments to freshwater recreational gamefish rules to provide fishing opportunity, to address conservation objectives, to satisfy legislation, and to simplify rules.