Wildlife Commission lists tufted puffins as state endangered species

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted new big game hunting rules for the upcoming season and an interim policy for Willapa Bay salmon fisheries during a public meeting April

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Washington’s Clean Boating Program wins $1.5 Million federal grant for waste pumpouts

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a $1.5 million grant to the Washington State Parks Department’s Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program, which works in partnership with

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Watch Your Step: Harbor Seals Pupping

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The harbor seal pupping season has started, nursing pups remain with their mothers for four to six weeks, and then are weaned to forage and survive on their own. Mothers will often leave their pups on the beach for several hours at a time while they're foraging for food. It's normal for seal pups to be alone on the beach. This does not mean they're abandoned.

Time of Year
Columbia River, Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor
Mid-April - June
Olympic Peninsula
May - July
San Juan Islands, Eastern Puget Sound
June - August
Southern Puget Sound
July - September
Hood Canal
August - January
* Table provided by Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Marine Mammal Investigations.

Human disturbance near the pup may cause stress and delay the mother's return because of natural wariness. The best thing you can do is leave the pup alone and keep your distance so its mom will return. 

Awards and recognitions at January Mason County Sheriff’s Breakfast

The first of the monthly Sheriff’s Breakfasts for 2014 was held on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Little Creek Casino. Over 90 public safety professionals gathered for this wonderful event

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WDFW Commission set to consider policy on Grays Harbor salmon fisheries

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting a new policy to guide salmon management in Grays Harbor

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Fishing seasons for halibut reflect higher catch quota

OLYMPIA - This year's recreational halibut seasons will be similar to 2010 in Puget Sound, but may allow for more days of fishing off the coast under new catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

This year's quota for Washington, Oregon and California is 910,000 pounds, up 12 percent from 2010. In Washington, sport anglers will be allowed to catch 216,489  pounds of the big flatfish compared to 192,699 pounds last year.

Those increases will improve fishing opportunities in coastal waters of Washington and other West Coast states, said Heather Reed, coastal policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

In Puget Sound, where the sport catch has exceeded area harvest guidelines for the past two years, this year's higher sub-quota also helped to avert further cutbacks in fishing opportunities, she said.

"This year's quota, together with shorter seasons adopted last year, will bring the catch more in line with the allowable harvest," Reed said. "We took a big step toward stabilizing the fishery last year, and the higher quota will help to accommodate the growing popularity of halibut fishing in Puget Sound."

This year's catch quota for Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca is 58,155 pounds, up from 50,542 pounds in 2010.  Like last year, most areas of the Sound will be open for halibut fishing three days a week - Thursday, Friday and Saturday - except as noted below.

Sport Clam Season to Open at Belfair State Park in Mason County

OLYMPIA, Wash - The sport clam fishing season at Belfair State Park is re-opening.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife said the sport clam fishing season at Belfair State Park on Hood Canal in Mason County will reopen at the first of the new year. Alex Bradbury with the Department tells us surveys indicate that the clam population will support a year round fishery The recreational oyster season remains open in the designated portion of the park as well.  For further information, contact Alex Bradbury, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, at (360) 586-1498, extension 208.