Dear Chairs, I am writing to provide you with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's report to the legislature titled the Coastal Steelhead Proviso Implementation Plan (CSPIP). Funding and the proviso language requires a report to the relevant committees of the legislature per language in the 2021-23 operating budget proviso (37), which reads as follows: (37) $200,000 of the general fund-state appropriation for fiscal year 2022 and $100,000 of the general fund-state appropriation for fiscal year 2023 are provided solely for the department to develop a plan to protect native and hatchery produced steelhead for each river system of Grays harbor, Willapa bay, and coastal Olympic peninsula. The plan must adequately protect those fisheries for healthy runs year-after-year as well as provide reasonable fishing opportunities. The plan must include active stakeholder input and include an outreach strategy sufficient to keep conservation and angler interests well informed of proposed changes in advance of annual fishing seasons. The plan must be reported to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2022. Declines in coastal steelhead population abundance and associated reductions in angling opportunity have highlighted the need to design and fund fisheries management strategies that provide sustainable angling opportunities and support the long-term viability of steelhead populations through science-based conservation objectives. In pursuit of that goal, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has developed the CSPIP, which advances steelhead fishery management in the river systems of Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, and the coastal Olympic Peninsula. The CSPIP aligns with and facilitates the implementation of existing policy in the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan (SSMP), the Anadromous Salmon and Steelhead Hatchery Policy C-3624 (2021), and Joint Comanager Hatchery Policy, which is currently under development. Although the state engaged tribal co-managers and Olympic National Park in the development of this plan, the CSPIP only applies to state steelhead management on Washington's Pacific coast. The science based CSPIP incorporates ecological knowledge of the target species while considering the history of harvest and management, state and federal mandates, and socioeconomic implications that underpin coastal steelhead management. The Plan lays out an adaptive management strategy that assigns appropriate management actions pertaining to monitoring and evaluation, fisheries regulations, hatchery operations based on steelhead population viability and the level of monitoring that is available to inform management. The CSPIP also provides guidelines pertaining to habitat, human dimensions and public communications and includes an implementation timeline with benchmarks, budget projections, critical research needs, and a vision for next steps. To this point, limited resources have resulted in a lack of crucial data needed to inform steelhead management decisions. Data gaps cause uncertainty around fishery impacts and in some cases lead to fishery closures when managers do not have enough information to ensure that angling opportunities remain within sustainable impact limits. Increased monitoring and research would address those problems, not only by enabling sustainable angling opportunity through high-precision sport fishery monitoring, but also by collecting the data required to evaluate and update long-term management strategies and conservation objectives. Thus, the CSPIP creates a win-win situation for multiple stakeholder groups and steelhead-related interests. WDFW aims to increase the two-way flow of information between those steelhead stakeholders and resource managers by providing accurate and consistent information about coastal steelhead, strengthening community partnerships, and increasing opportunities for the public to engage in the fisheries management process. Implementing the CSPIP requires an estimated biennial budget of $5.9 million (including indirect costs) above current appropriations, with most of this amount dedicated to freshwater sport fishery monitoring. WDFW intends to implement the CSPIP during the 2023-2025 biennium budget period. Among other implications, failure to fund this Plan would: (1) result in continued uncertainty regarding coastal steelhead fishery impacts, which could lead to fishery closures, (2) hinder the development of long-term steelhead management strategies and conservation objectives and (3) slow the pace of critical scientific research needed to inform fishery management. In accordance with the CSPIP, adaptive management, community engagement, and the refinement of quantitative tools will persist in perpetuity, with the understanding that reevaluation and adaptation are inherent elements of this new paradigm.