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

August 1, 2019

Chinook salmon retention to reopen in Marine Area 9

Action: Reopens Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) to fishing for hatchery Chinook retention with the exception of the section of Marine Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point, which is closed to all salmon fishing.

Effective dates: Wednesday, July 31 through Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.

Species affected: Hatchery Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet), excluding the section of Marine Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.

Reason for action: The fishery closed after July 28, 2019 for fisheries managers to evaluate whether sufficient quota remained available to extend the summer season for hatchery Chinook retention. Sufficient quota is available to reopen Marine Area 9 to hatchery Chinook salmon retention from July 31 to Aug. 3, 2019.

This action is being taken to increase angling opportunities while ensuring compliance with conservation objectives.

As part of the fisheries agreements made with co-managers during the salmon season-setting process, the section of Marine Area 9 south of the line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point is closed to all salmon fishing when the rest of Marine Area 9 is open for hatchery Chinook retention.

Additional information: Salmon daily limit 2, up to 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Chinook minimum size 22 inches. Release wild Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

For additional regulations, anglers should consult the 2019-20 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW?s website at https: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, 360-902-0058; or Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, 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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