Managing fish populations A partial snapshot of how the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife manages fish and shellfish in the state. Marine Protected Areas To protect and preserve a variety of marine fish, shellfish, and habitats, WDFW has established marine reserves at several sites in Puget Sound. Fish hatcheries For more than a century, WDFW hatcheries have produced fish for harvest. North of Falcon Each year state, federal and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. Columbia River Compact The Columbia River Compact is a forum where representatives from Washington and Oregon cooperate in setting regulations for fisheries in shared waters of the Columbia River. Salmon Conservation and Reporting Engine (SCoRE) Find up-to-date information and context for statewide efforts to protect and conserve salmon and steelhead. SalmonScape This mapping tool delivers the science that helps recovery planners prioritize restoration activities offering the greatest benefit to fish. Marine Beach Spawning Fish Ecology Despite good information on the distribution of spawning beaches, our understanding of the ecology and protection needs for these species is very limited. Coded Wire Tag Program Coded wire tags are used to help assess abundance and catch rates on certain populations of salmon and steelhead. Warmwater fish program This program enhances fishing opportunities for warmwater game fish in Washington while protecting native species. Spawning Ground Survey Database The Spawning Ground Survey (SGS) database houses raw data collected during seasonal surveys of salmonid spawning habitat. These data are used to generate estimates of escapement and other metrics of salmonid abundance.