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.

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