The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. Headquartered in Olympia, the department maintains six regional offices and manages dozens of wildlife areas and hundreds of water access areas around the state, offering fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities for the residents of Washington. Although some areas are currently closed due to naturally occurring domoic acid -- including the Central Washington Coast, Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay -- crabbing is a popular pastime in Washington, particularly in summer months. Explore WDFW videos to learn about recreational crabbing, see how Puddles the dog helps sniff out aquatic invasive species, find tips for flatfish fishing in Puget Sound, and learn more about boating safety to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales.
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