Washington State Legislature in 1990 created the Regional Fisheries
Group (RFEG) Program (RCW 77.95) to
involve Washington’s citizens in the enhancement and recovery
of Washington’s salmon and steelhead and their habitats.
The RFEG program consists of 14 sanctioned non-profit community-based
organizations, with program support provided by the Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife. Each RFEG works within a specific geographic
region based generally on watershed boundaries, but shares the common
goal of enhancing salmonid populations and habitat in their regions
and leveraging contributions and support from local communities.
RFEG project work includes activities such as habitat restoration,
fish-passage barrier removal, salmon production, and education and
enabling legislation earmarked a portion of recreational and commercial
salmon fishing license fees for funding
the RFEG Program. The program also receives federal grants that are
administered by WDFW. These state and federal funds are divided equally
among the 14 RFEGs. Additionally, each RFEG seeks other local, state,
federal, and private funding opportunities.
Only the 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups identified
in WAC 220-140-020 are eligible for funding.
Dianne Ludwig (360) 902-2252 firstname.lastname@example.org
See the RFEG website for more information including annual accomplishments