Spring Bear Seasons
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.
Target practice on department lands
The department is considering comprehensive statewide target practice rules for all WDFW owned and managed lands.
Ocean salmon rules
Management of 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 - 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.
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.
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to add a mechanism for preapplication determination, implement enhanced civil compliance tools, remove references to repealed statutes, and clarify administrative actions that are subject to informal and formal appeal.
Recreational sturgeon fishing
2020 Recreational Clam and Oyster Seasons
Changes to coastal commercial - Dungeness Crab Rules
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.