Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 9 - Updated - September 19, 2008

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 9
Recorded Friday, September 195th, 2008 at 2:00 PM

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.

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.

Fishers should be aware Area 12A Quilcene Bay is closed for the season.

For the period of September 21st – September 27th all areas are currently closed except as follows:

Area 6D Dungeness Bay will be open to skiff gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size from:

  • 7 AM to 7 PM daily, beginning September 22nd, Monday through Friday each week continuing through Friday, October 24th.
  • All Chinook and chum salmon must be released by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are open to reef nets 5 AM to 9 PM daily, continuously through Saturday, November 15th.

  • Sockeye, wild Chinook, wild coho, and all chum salmon must be released.
  • Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession,
  • Fishers retaining marked Chinook immediate possession of a WDFW Logbook is also required.

Area 7B Bellingham Bay will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size continuously starting 7AM Sunday, September 21st, through 8 PM November 1st, and to purse seines using the 5-inch strip starting 7 AM Sunday, September 21st, continuously through 6 PM November 1st.

  • Sockeye must be released immediately

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size during the following dates and times:

  • 6 PM Sunday, September 21st to 8 AM Monday, September 22nd.
  • 6 PM Tuesday, September 23rd to 8 AM Wednesday, September 24th.
  • 6 PM Thursday, September 25th to 8 AM Friday, September 26th.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from 7 AM to 7 PM on Monday, September 22nd.

  • Chinook must be released.

Area 9A Port Gamble Bay is open to gill nets and skiff gill nets limited to 600 feet in length and 60 meshes in depth using 5-inch minimum mesh size continuously until 8 PM Saturday, November 1st.

  • All Chinook and chum salmon must be released by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.

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

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