Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 15 - Updated - October 31, 2008

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 15
Recorded Friday, October 31st, 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.

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.

The fourth test catch of the APC Test Fishery was conducted on Thursday, October 30th and a total of 131 chum, 0 Coho, and 0 Chinook were landed in 6 sets. The South Sound runsize has been adjusted and downgraded to 400,000. 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 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.

For the period of November 2nd – November 8th 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 will be open to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh from 7 AM to 7 PM on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 3rd.
  • Wednesday, November 5th.
  • And from 7 AM to 4 PM on Friday, November 7th.

Area 8 Skagit Bay will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from 7 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday, November4th. Chinook must be released.

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:

  • Tuesday, November 4th.
  • Thursday, November 6th.
  • And from 7 AM to 4 PM on Friday, November 7th.

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 Wednesday, November 5th.
  • 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 6th and from 7 AM to 4 PM on Friday, November 7th.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from:

  • 7 AM to 5 PM on Wednesday, November 5th.
  • 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:

  • 4 PM Sunday, November 2nd to 7 AM Monday, November 3rd.
  • 4 PM till 11:59 PM Wednesday, November 5th.

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 3rd.
  • 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:

  • Wednesday, November 5th.
  • Thursday, November 6th.

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 3rd. Chinook and wild coho must be released.

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

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