As you look out across the shoreline and waters of Puget Sound, the beauty may overshadow recognition of the aquatic lands below — lands that are rich, complex, and important parts of the ecosystem. Whether you are studying the deep waters or near shore, you will find critical habitats for wildlife populations of both biological and economic value, including shellfish, salmon and other fish, seabirds, and marine mammals.
Here you will find research and information related to these ecosystems. The information our scientists and their partners provide help DNR make science-based management decisions that improve and protect the long-term health of 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands.
- Aquatic Land Leasing and other uses
Here you will find information about applying for an aquatic land use authorization, checking current application status, mooring buoy/boat lift registration and/or application, leasing aquatic lands for aquaculture, wildstock geoduck fishery, and related facts for each of our three aquatic districts. Work with your Aquatic District Manager early to avoid added steps and/or expenses.