Two of our patrol vessels with seized crab gear deployed by Foreign fishing vessels in Washington waters
Managing and policing shellfish resources is a big job. From wild harvest to monitoring private sector aquaculture, WDFW has a role.
The conservation aspect is quite familiar to people, which includes managing the state's naturally embedded shellfish stocks sustainably in order to satisfy treaty fishing right obligations and meet commercial fishing and recreational needs.
Atypical closed season crab catch in Puget Sound
What may surprise you is that agencies are mandated to protect the legal seafood industry and the consumer’s health.
There is a vibrant commercial market hungry for good deals on seafood. Often feeding that market is a desperate person who thinks he has found a quick source of cash.
This class will touch on managing the resource, chasing poachers, and controlling a black market.