Sustainable fisheries, sustainable economies

Implementing a license buyback program in the Columbia River commercial fleet

Columbia River commercial fisherman

WDFW is requesting $1 million in the 2021–23 Biennium to fund the first phase of a license reduction program for the Columbia River commercial fishery

How will license reduction support Columbia River fisheries?

Strategic, deliberate, and phased approach

Phase 1 makes tangible progress while aligning with the Commission’s process

Future Phases would be undertaken through a joint-state program with Oregon

Developing a long-term vision for a modernized Columbia River Commercial fishery

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.