Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1950 NO. 291 >

The State of Washington, in the absence of federal regulation, may require personal fishing licenses and boat registration licenses of those landing fish in the State of Washington which were taken from the offshore waters, since the State of Washington is actively engaged in regulating the offshore fishery and has a vital interest therein and since the offshore fishery is closely related to the state fishery.