Upland Finfish Hatching & Rearing General Permit

Fish hatcheries play a large role in Washington's ability to create recreational and commercial fishing opportunities. The Upland Finfish Hatching and Rearing permit regulates the discharge of wastewater from certain hatcheries that raise salmon, trout, and other finfish species. 

The current permit went into effect April 1, 2016 and expires March 31, 2021.

Apply or reapply for a permit

Reapply by Sept. 30, 2020

Current permittees must submit a permit application 180 days before your current permit expires. You must reapply by Sept. 30, 2020. 

Submit a permit application (new or renewal)

  1. Sign up for a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account. SecureAccess Washington or SAW is the state of Washington’s secure portal to access and submit applications. 
  2. Add the WQWebPortal Service to your SAW account to reapply for coverage.
  3. Follow these instructions to reapply for the permit

Permittee feedback

We're contacting current permittees during the reapplication process to ask for feedback on the potential changes to the permit and their past permit cycle experiences. If you have information or want to talk with us about this permit, contact the permit coordinator.

Permit reissuance

The current permit expires on March 31, 2021. The permit reissuance process includes informal discussions with permitees, a formal public comment period on the draft permit, and formal public meetings and hearings.

We currently considering the following changes:

  • Nutrient monitoring for facilities that discharge to impaired waterbodies.
  • Other issues that may be identified through informal discussions.

Reissuance timeline

Summer 2020:

  • Informal discussions with permittees
  • July: Renewal application available to permittees

Fall 2020:

  • Sept. 30, 2020: Reapplication deadline (Duty to Reapply)
  • Formal public comment period on the draft permit

Winter 2020: Decision about reissuance
March 2021: Current permit expires

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize your attention may be divided. We’re working to stay on track with our work to protect water quality where we need to make decisions in a timely manner, while also respecting your right to learn about and comment on decisions affecting your community.

We’re at the beginning of the decision-making process. However, we need to move forward in order to allow enough time to complete the process. There will be several opportunities to engage with us before a final decision is made. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together during this time.

Regional contacts for help with your permit:

Regional Map showing southwest, northwest, central and eastern regions