Sign the Petition for a NEW Steelhead License Plate
November 24, 2015
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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing a special license plate featuring a wild steelhead to generate revenue that would help support activities critical to conserving native populations of these fish.
In much of Washington, native steelhead are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. WDFW is currently taking several actions to restore those populations to sustainable levels, including measures that guide fisheries management, hatchery operations and habitat-restoration programs.
To maintain and improve these key conservation and recovery activities, WDFW is looking to establish consistent funding sources dedicated to restoring wild steelhead populations in Washington.
As part of that effort, WDFW is proposing the new plate that would raise an estimated $200,000 each year to:
- Apply new techniques to improve estimates of the number of wild steelhead on the spawning grounds, and ensure that the population numbers are consistent with the productivity of the river.
- Bolster efforts to monitor interactions between wild and hatchery steelhead to help ensure future hatchery steelhead production and management actions support the recovery of wild stocks.
- Increase creel surveys to improve estimates for the number of wild steelhead harvested in fisheries and the number of wild steelhead caught and released by anglers.
Before the state Legislature can consider the proposal, state law requires WDFW to show that people intend to purchase at least 3,500 plates, which would be available for cars, motorcycles and trailers.
Currently, the initial price of special wildlife-themed background plates ranges from $54 to $72 depending on the vehicle, in addition to the regular license fees. For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Licensing website at http://www.dol.wa.gov/.