Here is a detailed look at the proposed 10 million cut. 




WDFW Budget Shortfall - April 8, 2015


The House and Senate budgets would leave WDFW with a projected revenue shortfall of at least $10 million in the 2015-17 biennium.Without additional funding or legislative author ization to increase fishing and hunting license fees, budget reductions would be necessary. The most serious effects would be felt by the Fish Program,which would be forced to:


     Reduce hatchery fish production;

     Reduce fish management activities required to support fisheries;

     Restrict fishery sampling and monitoring;

    Scale back the enforcement of natural resource laws and regulations; and

     Extend the time required to gain federal approval of salmon/steelhead hatchery operations.


2015-17 WDFW budget shortfall under proposed House and Senate budgets



Spending authority

$79.8 million

$80.3 million

Projected revenue

$73.8 million

$73.8 million


Agency-wide spending authority not supported by projected revenue

$6.0 million

$6.5 million

Funds needed to sustain current recreational and commercial fishing opportunities

$4.0 million

$4.0 million

Total ("Problem statement'')

$10.0 million

$10.5 million


Options for closingthe gap between revenue and spending authority



1. Increase General Fund-State spending authority

$10.0 million

$10.5 million

2. Apply a two-year surcharge to fishing/hunting license fees:

13% applied to all fishing and hunting licenses

$10.4 million

$10.4 million

22% for fishing,6% for hunting licenses

$10.4 million

$10.4 million

3. Reduce and eliminate programs and services (see following pages for cut options)

$10.0 million

$10.5 million

WDFW budget shortfall will force budget cuts without additional revenue


Potential reductions and impacts - not prioritized


Close Reiter Ponds Hatchery

Reduce production of steelhead caught in Puget Sound by up to 75%


Close Omak Hatchery

Eliminate stocking of rainbow trout fingerlings in about 40 Okanogan County lakes


Close Naches Hatchery

Eliminate production of 86% of catchable trout stocked in south-central WA waters


Close Whitehorse rearing pond

Eliminate planting of ESA-listed summer Chinook salmon in Stillaguamish River


Reduce Spokane Hatchery trout production by 25%

Reduce trout production for more than 30 lakes in Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille,Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties


Reduce statewide fish food funding for hatchery co-ops by 50%

Reduce production in special hatchery programs in which WDFW works with non-profit and other private partners


Reduce Puget Sound recreational shellfish management

Some beaches would close and others would have shorter seasons


Reduce fish samplingin Puget Sound

Limited monitoringwould shorten chinook salmon seasons and reduce catch limits


Eliminate five (5) Enforcement officer positions

This cut would be in addition to the $875,000 GF-S reduction of 3 officers proposed in the Senate budget.


Eliminate six (6) Wildlife Program specialists

Reduce hunting opportunities and private land access for hunters


Reduce winter wildlife feeding

Compromise the health of elk in Yakima and Kittitas counties


Reduce weed control

Reduce weed control at four eastern Washington wildlife areas


Eliminate 2.5 Habitat Program specialists

Delay Hydraulic Project Approval decisions, increase landowners' construction times, and jeopard ize salmon recovery efforts


Reduce hatchery maintenance from current level

Increase risk of major hatchery failures and loss of fish production


Close at least one lower Columbia River salmon hatchery

Reduce salmon and steelhead production by up to one-third


Do not fund additional positions to monitor hatchery compliance with ESA

Without additional monitors, hatchery fish releases and some fisheries would be curtailed


Close hatcheries to fund maintenance for remainingfacilities

Options include closing several hatcheries and reducing overall hatchery production


Reduce commercial salmon fisheries

Without monitors to ensure ESA compliance,this cut would reduce commercial fishing opportunities in Lower Columbia River, Willapa Bay, and Grays Harbor


Close ocean salmon fisheries

Without monitors, WDFW cannot ensure compliance with federal permits and treaties



$10.4 million