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

August 14, 2006

Chinook retention to close beginning Tuesday, Aug. 15 in Marine Areas 5 and 6

Action: Closure to retention of all Chinook in Areas 5 and 6.

Effective Date: Effective 12:01 a.m. August 15, 2006.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 5 (Sekiu) and the portion of Area 6 west of Ediz Hook at Port Angeles.

Reason for action: Preliminary catch estimates indicate that the fishery management quota of 3,500 hatchery chinook is expected to be reached by the end of Monday.

Other information: Both areas remain open to salmon fishing for hatchery coho and sockeye. Hatchery coho salmon catches should be on the increase. Chinook catch estimates will be finalized early next week and if additional harvestable Chinook are available, additional opportunity will be provided.

Information contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2715

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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