Commercial Fixed Gear Rockfish Landings Condition

Rule-making status: Permanent

Rule Making Reference# P2022-19
The department is considering amending WAC 220-353-050 to add certain bottomfish (also known as “groundfish”) to the list of commercially taken species that are permitted to be possessed, transported through the waters of the state, and landed in the dressed condition.

The purpose of this rule change is to allow commercial landings of dressed rockfish for vessels that obtain a director’s permit to do so. To ensure accurate data collection for stock assessments, fish are currently required to be landed into Washington ports in the whole (also known as “round”) condition, unless specifically exempted in regulation. This rule would expand the list of exempted species/species groups to include rockfishes, again as authorized by permit of the director.

Public comments

To view and submit comments, please visit the Commercial Fixed Gear Rockfish Landings Condition public engagement page.

You may also leave comments by email to or by phone at 855-925-2801 project code 2303.

Comments will be accepted until the close of the comment period on March 10, 2023.

Public hearing

March 14 at 9:00 a.m. - Zoom Webinar
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