Action: The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 6 will be reduced to 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.
Effective locations and dates: Feb.16, through April 15, 2017.
Species affected: Chinook salmon.
Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (3,975) of “chinook encounters” – including both retained and released fish – that anglers will be allowed in Marine Area 6.
To stay within the agreed number of encounters, the department is modifying this fishery to increase the likelihood of providing season-long fisheries. WDFW consulted with its Puget Sound sportfishing advisors in making this change.
Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor and evaluate Marine Area 6 fishery.