Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 5 - Updated - August 28, 2009

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 5
Recorded Friday, August 28, 2009 at 4:00 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 30th – September 5th 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 31st to 8 AM Tuesday, September 1st.
  • 7 PM Tuesday, September 1st to 8 AM Wednesday, September 2nd.
  • 7 PM Thursday, September 3rd to 8 AM Friday, September 4th.

Area 7B and 7C Bellingham Bay and Samish Bay will be open to purse seines from 6 AM to 8 PM on Wednesday, September 2nd.  Brailing is required and all sockeye, coho, chum, and pink salmon must be released immediately.

Area 9A Port Gamble Bay will be 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 from Sunday August 30th, at 6 AM, continuously until 8:00 PM Saturday, October 31st.  All Chinook and chum salmon must be released by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.

Area 10 Seattle will be open to the gill net vessel DEMON SPAWN using 5-inch minimum and 5 ½-inch maximum mesh size from 6 AM to 10 PM on
Monday, August 31st.

  • Soak times are limited to 45 minutes from first web in to last web out. 
  • A recovery boxes is required and must be operating at all times to participate.
  • All non-pink salmonids must be released and if injured or lethargic, placed in the recovery box for release after they have recovered.
  • A department observer is required on board to participate.

Area 10 Seattle will be open to purse seine vessels NEW OREGON and DC COLE from 6 AM to 8 PM on Monday, August 31st.

  • Brailing and recovery boxes are required and must be operating at all times to participate.
  • All non-pink salmonids must be released and if injured or lethargic, placed in the recovery box for release after they have recovered.
  • A department observer is required on board to participate.

Area 12A Quilcene Bay will be open to beach seines not to exceed 600 feet in length or 100 meshes in depth, or contain meshes of a size less than 3 inches or greater than 4 inches from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, August 31st and Tuesday, September 1st.  All Chinook and chum salmon must be released.

Area 12A Quilcene Bay will be open to skiff gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 2nd.  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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