01/19/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News
Action: Closes Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) to salmon fishing.
Effective Date: Jan. 23, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2017.
Species affected: Salmon.
Location: Marine Area 10 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers.
Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (2,597) of chinook encounters – retaining or releasing fish – anglers are allowed in Marine Area 10. Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have retained or released 2,390 chinook and are expected to reach the limit for chinook encounters by Jan. 23. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives.
Other information: Year-round fishing piers are unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Year-round fishing pier impacts on chinook are expected to be minimal.
Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808.