Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 16 - Updated - November 7, 2008

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 16
Recorded Friday, November 7th, 2008 at 1:30 AM

The 2008 Puget Sound Commercial Salmon Regulation pamphlet was mailed the week of June 15th. If you have not received a copy please contact (360) 902-2700 and ask for a copy or check our web site where one may be downloaded at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/commercial/salmon/

This web address is listed on pages 1 and 40 of the pamphlet. Please check it regularly for updated information regarding Puget Sound commercial salmon fisheries.

The fifth test catch of the APC Test Fishery was conducted on Wednesday, November 5th and a total of 577 chum, 0 Coho, and 16 Chinook were landed in 6 sets. The South Sound runsize has been adjusted and downgraded to 350,000 chum. The Hood Canal runsize is suggested to be above preseason forecast in the range of 845,000 chum. These results are posted on the web address listed on pages 1 and 40 of the pamphlet that should be checked regularly for updated information regarding Puget Sound commercial salmon fisheries.

Fishers are reminded that a Fish Friendly certification card is required to participate in any Areas 7 or 7A commercial salmon fisheries. The next available course will be on Tuesday, September 9th, starting 11 AM at the North Puget Sound - Region 4 Office, located at 16018 Mill Creek Boulevard, Mill Creek, Washington 98012. Contact Jeromy Jording at (360) 902-2717 if you plan to attend this workshop, as space is limited.

Fishers should retain all Atlantic Salmon caught anytime during any opening. Use species code 047 when filling out a Puget Sound Fish Ticket for all Atlantic salmon.

Also please be aware Area 8 Skagit Bay is closed and Area 12C Lower Hood Canal is closed.

For the period of November 9th – November 16th all areas are currently closed except as follows:

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are open for reef nets:

  • 5 AM to 9 PM daily, continuously through Saturday, November 15th.
  • Chinook must be released at all times.
  • Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are currently open everyday of the week to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh daily from:

  • 7 AM to Midnight through Saturday, November 15th.
  • Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are currently open everyday of the week to purse seines using the 5-inch strip daily from:

  • 7 AM to 5 PM through Saturday, November 15th.
  • Brailing and recovery boxes are required and must be operating at all times to participate.
  • Chinook and coho must be released and if injured or lethargic, placed in the recovery box for release after they have recovered.
  • Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Area 7B Bellingham Bay is open 24 hrs per day from 7 AM Monday until 4PM Friday to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh size continuously through December 5th, and to purse seines using the 5-inch strip 24 hrs per day from 7 AM Monday until 4PM Friday through December 5th.

The portion of Area 7B east of a line from Post Point to the flashing red light at the west entrance to Squalicum Harbor is open to commercial harvest continuously until 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 7th

Area 8 Skagit Bay is closed.

Area 8A Port Susan and Port Gardner will be open to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh from 7 AM to 7 PM on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 10th.
  • Wednesday, November 12th.
  • And from 7 AM to 4 PM on Friday, November 14th.

Area 8A Port Susan and Port Gardner will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from:

  • 7 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday, November 11th and Thursday, November 13th.
  • Chinook must be released.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh from:

  • 7 AM to 7 PM on Thursday, November 13th
  • and from 7 AM to 4 PM on Friday, November 14th.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from 7 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday, November 11th and Thursday, November 13th. Chinook must be released.

Areas 10 and 11 Seattle and Tacoma will be open to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh during the following dates and times:

  • 3 PM Sunday, November 9th to 7 AM Monday, November 10th.
  • 4 PM till 11:59 PM Thursday, November 13th.

Areas 10 and 11 Seattle and Tacoma will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from:

  • 7 AM to 5 PM on Monday, November 10th and Wednesday, November 12th.
  • Chinook and coho must be released.

Areas 12 and 12B Hood Canal will be open to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh from 7 AM to 7 PM on:

  • Tuesday, November 11th.
  • Thursday, November 13th.

Areas 12 and 12B Hood Canal will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from 7 AM to 5 PM on Monday, November 10th and Wednesday, November 12th. Chinook and wild coho must be released.

Areas 12C Lower Hood Canal is closed.

If you suspect an error in this message or have questions please contact Jeromy Jording at (360) 902-2717.

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