Programs & Services
Fisheries Enforcement Program
Page last updated:
May 24, 2023
May 24, 2023
Program Lead(s)
Paul Rodarte

Philip Starr Administration Building 

39015-A 172nd Ave SE 

Auburn, WA 98092


Mon 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tue 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wed 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thu 8:00am - 5:00pm

Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm

Program Overview

Thirty minutes into the 2022 chinook fishery river skiff fishersare scrambling setting their nets close to the 16th ave. st. bridge.

Fisheries Enforcement Officers patrol and enforce Title 6 and General Rules and Regulations and to assist any biological studies conducted by the Fisheries Division.

Services Provided

Protect Tribal treaty fishing rights, aid Tribal fishers, and help with Fisheries monitoring and research studies.

Eligibility for Services

Outlook for 2023

Create a vessel inspection program; increase the quality control of gear fisherman use for commercial fishing; facilitate the use of the Muckleshoot Behavioral Health Dept. and utilize this resource for fishermen in-need, as a result of substance abuse/intoxication while commercial fishing.

Highlights of 2022

The fishing season consisted of White River, Puyallup, Lake Sammamish, Lake Washington, Lake Union, Duwamish, and Elliot Bay with 3 active Enforcement Officers, and during the fourth quarter with only 2 active Enforcement Officers. The species covered were Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Chum. Biological studies completed were: warm water gill net study on Lake Washington and electro-shock study on Lake Sammamish.

More information on our 2022 activities:

  • Number of Citations Issued: 7
  • Number of Warnings Issued: 16
  • Enforcement Activities on the water: Patrolling; active investigations; assisting biologists; escorting fisherman back to First Ave with vessel issues; enforce First Avenue rules and regulations; facilitation of water way and communication with fishermen and King County Marine Division; assisted with photos and filming of Muckleshoot fishermen for media production.
  • Locations worked: White River, Puyallup, Lake Sammamish, Lake Washington, Lake Union, Duwamish, and Elliot Bay

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