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The State of Washington contains Puget Sound, Whidbey Basin, Hood Canal, and the US side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the San Juan Islands. The Executive Branch implements state law to manage natural resources. State authority has been divided among an exceptionally large number of agencies.


State agencies receive funds and authority from federal agencies, and in turn have relationships with local jursidictions. After the The Boldt Decision, Washington State must co-manage fisheries with Tribal Governments. A more integrated discussion of the interactions of agencies is found on the government page.