Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 29, 2016

Puget Sound marine salmon and steelhead fisheries close

Action: Closes fishing in Marine Areas 5-13 for salmon, including year-round piers. No retention of hatchery steelhead in Marine Areas 5-13.

Effective Date: May 1, 2016 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Location: May 1 through June 30 salmon fisheries include Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area), Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound), Tulalip Terminal Area (Marine Area 8-2), and year-round piers (Marine 8-2, 9, 10, 11, and 13) within Puget Sound for salmon fishing closures. Marine Areas 5 through 13 for no hatchery steelhead retention.

The following are year-round piers within Puget Sound: Edmonds Public Fishing Pier, Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86, Seacrest Pier, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk, Illahee State Park Pier, Dash Point Dock, Les Davis Pier, Des Moines Pier, Redondo Pier, Point Defiance Boathouse Dock, and Fox Island Public Fishing Pier.

Reason for action: The current Endangered Species Act (ESA) permit to authorize take (impacts) on chinook and steelhead expires April 30, 2016. Due to a lack of agreement with the co-managers for the 2016-17 salmon fishery seasons, ESA coverage is not available beginning May 1st. This emergency rule modifies fisheries to ensure compliance with the ESA until coverage is provided through a permit authorized by NOAA.

Other information: Check the sport fishing rules pamphlet for details on other marine fisheries are open including bottomfish and trout: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

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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