Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 3 - Updated - August 14, 2009

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 3
Recorded Monday, August 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM

The 2009 Puget Sound Commercial Salmon Regulation pamphlet was mailed the week of July 12th. 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/

Fishers are reminded that a Fish Friendly certification card will be required to participate in any Area 7 or 7A commercial salmon fisheries. Contact (360) 902-2717 if you need to attend a workshop to get a card. For the most current information on Areas 7 or 7A sockeye fisheries check the National Marine Fisheries Hotline at (800) 662-9825.

For fishers who possess a Direct Retail Endorsement please remember per Washington Administrative Code (or WAC) 220-47-001 that all Puget Sound commercial salmon fisheries are designated as “Quick Reporting Required”, and you must comply with provisions of WAC 220-69-240 subsection 12.

Gillnet fishers are reminded that buoy requirements, as listed on page 15 of the pamphlet, are in effect for 300 fathom drift gill nets for all openings.

The season description published in the 2009 Puget Sound Commercial Salmon Regulation Pamphlet remains in effect.

For the period of August 16th – August 22nd all areas are currently closed except as follows:

Area 7B and 7C Bellingham Bay and Samish Bay will be open to gill nets using 7-inch minimum mesh size during the following dates and times:

  • 7 PM Monday, August 17th to 8 AM Tuesday, August 18th.
  • 7 PM Tuesday, August 18th to 8 AM Wednesday, August 19th.
  • 7 PM Thursday, August 20th to 8 AM Friday, August 21st.

Area 7B and 7C Bellingham Bay and Samish Bay will be open to purse seines from 6 AM to 8 PM on Wednesday, August 19th. Brailing is required and all sockeye, coho, chum, and pink salmon must be released immediately.

Area 8 Skagit Bay will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum and 5 ½-inch maximum mesh size from 6 AM to 10 PM on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 18th.
  • Thursday, August 20th.
  • Fishers need to be aware that for Skagit Bay gill nets have 60 mesh maximum depth limitations.

Area 8 Skagit Bay will be open to purse seines from 6 AM to 8 PM on Monday, August 17th and Wednesday, August 19th. Chinook must be released.

Area 8A Port Susan and Port Gardner will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum and 5 ½-inch maximum mesh size from 6 AM to 10 PM on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 17th.
  • Wednesday, August 19th.

Area 8A Port Susan and Port Gardner will be open to purse seines from 6 AM to 8 PM on Tuesday, August 18th and Thursday, August 20th. Chinook 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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