Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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August 2, 2021

Chinook retention suspended in Marine Area 6

Action: Suspends retention of Chinook Salmon in Marine Area 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait).

Effective date: 12 a.m. Aug. 3, 2021, until further notice.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 6

Rule: Salmon daily limit is 2. No min. size. Release all Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

Reason for action: The current estimate of total legal-sized Chinook encounters is 6,843 (100 percent) of the total 6,843 legal-sized encounters agreed upon in this year?s List of Agreed Fisheries (LOAF). Because 100 percent of the legal-sized Chinook encounter quota has been met, WDFW staff have made the decision to suspend Chinook retention in order to preserve coho and pink opportunities in Area 6.

Additional Information: This Fishing Rule Change does not affect the mark-selective coho fishery, which will continue as planned.

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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