Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 28, 2012

Chinook havest closes after Aug. 19 in Marine Area 9

Action: Closes harvest of hatchery Chinook in Area 9, except at the Edmonds Fishing Pier. Open south of line from Fowlweather Bluff to Olele Point to salmon fishing.

Effective Date: Effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet), except Edmonds Fishing Pier.

Reason for action: Estimates indicate that encounters with wild (unmarked) Chinook have exceeded the preseason expectations which were set to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: All Chinook must now be released in Area 9, except at the Edmonds Fishing Pier. South of a line from Fowlweather Bluff to Olele Point is open to salmon fishing. Release Chinook and chum. Area 9 remains open to salmon fishing for coho, pink, and sockeye. The Edmonds Fishing Pier is regulated under separate rules. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations for the Edmonds Fishing Pier.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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