Washington state has one of the lowest ratios of marine fish catches per capita in the country, according to new research from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The fish catch rate in the state’s Puget Sound region is about 10 percent below the national average of 24.5 percent.
The U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity estimates that the population of fish in the Pacific Northwest is about 3.5 million, and the area’s population is about 6.5 billion.
Washington State’s fish catch ratio is less than 1.5 fish per capita.
The state’s fishing gear industry employs nearly 1.3 million people in Washington and Washington’s fishing industry employs about 5 million people.
That’s about 10 times more than the U of W’s 1.1 percent fishery ratio.
The Puget Strait is the largest freshwater fishery in the United States, and Washington has a large fishery on the North Shore of Lake Washington.
Washington state is one of only two states that has not made a commitment to expand its recreational fishing capacity beyond the state line.
The rest of the nation has made a big commitment to open more areas for fishing.
The salmon and trout fishing industry, which employs 2.6 million people, is the mainstay of the state economy.
The fishery’s share of the economy has grown from 3 percent in 2004 to 6.3 percent in 2015, according the Fish and Game Department.
The industry is responsible for a third of the jobs in the region.
The Washington State Department of Fish and game estimates that fish stocks have declined in Washington’s river watershed since the early 1990s due to increased erosion and disease, which have affected fish populations.
But the industry’s outlook has changed dramatically in the past decade, according with the Washington State University Cooperative Extension and Fish Research Institute.
The new report from the USFS shows that the fish stocks in Washington have stabilized.
The average fishery gear ratio has been 2.3 fish per person, compared to the current ratio of 2.7 fish per.
Washington has made good progress on the conservation of fish stocks, according Scott Taylor, senior program manager for fisheries at the US Fish and Games.
Taylor says that, since the 1980s, the USGS has taken steps to reduce the amount of gear needed to harvest and store fish in its catch capacity.
He says the new fishery equipment will help keep the fish caught in Washington fishing gear at the right size and size for the local fish market, which helps ensure that fish are stocked and sold in the right places.