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

July 29, 2003

Chinook retention to close Aug. 4 in Marine Areas 5, 6

Action: Closure to retention of hatchery chinook in Areas 5 and 6.

Effective date: Effective 12:01 a.m. August 4, 2003.

Location: Catch record card area 5 (Sekiu) and the portion of Area 6 west of Ediz Hook at Port Angeles.

Reason for action: The fishery management quota of 3500 hatchery chinook is expected to be reached by the end of Sunday.

Other information: Both areas remain open to salmon fishing where pink and hatchery coho salmon catches should be on the increase. Chinook catch estimates for this week's fishery (through Aug. 3) will be assessed early next week, and if additional chinook retention is possible, an announcement will be made by Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Information contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2733, or Dick Geist, (360) 902-2733.

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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