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

February 9, 2017

Marine Area 7 salmon season to close temporarily

Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing Feb. 11.

Effective Date: Feb. 11, 2017, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate that Marine Area 7 will exceed the allowable limit of total chinook encounters - including both retained and released fish - prior to the planned April 30 closure date. The fishery is being temporarily closed until early April to allow the state time to determine a reopening date that will give anglers opportunity through the end of the season.

Other information: WDFW consulted numerous Marine Area 7 anglers and the sportfishing advisors. WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery and will work with the sportfishing advisors and local anglers to determine the re-opening date.

Through Feb. 10, Marine Area 7 has a one hatchery chinook limit. Salmon fishing will remain open in other areas, including marine areas 6, 8-1, 8-2, 11, 12 and 13. Marine area 5 will open Feb. 16 with a two hatchery chinook limit. Marine Area 9 will re-open Feb. 16 with a one hatchery chinook limit. Check the sport fishing rules page for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. The most recent preliminary estimates can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808 or Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807.

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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