Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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April 28, 2021

Marine Area 13 temporarily closed to salmon fishing

Action: Temporarily closes salmon fishing.

Effective date: May 1, 2021.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 13.

Rule: Temporarily closes Marine Area 13 to salmon fishing.

Reason for action: Pre-existing Endangered Species Act coverage for the effects of Puget Sound salmon fisheries expires on April 30, 2021. Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations on 2021-22 Puget Sound salmon fisheries are ongoing, but are unlikely to be completed by May 1. Marine Area 13 salmon fisheries are known to intercept listed Chinook in the May period. Accordingly, Marine Area 13 will temporarily close for salmon fishing starting May 1, 2021. Salmon fisheries in Marine Area 13 will re-open when ESA authorization is received for the proposed 2021-22 Puget Sound salmon fishing package.

Information contact: Fish Program, 360-902-2700

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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