Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 15 - Updated - October 30, 2009

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 15
Recorded Friday, October 30, 2009 at 2:00 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 listed on pages 1 and 43 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 Area 7 or 7A commercial salmon fisheries. Contact (360) 902-2717 if you need to attend a workshop to get a card. 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 fourth test catch of the Apple Cove (APC) Test Fishery was conducted on Thursday, October 29th and a total of 980 chum, 8 Coho, and 9 Chinook were landed in 6 sets. The South Sound chum salmon run size has been updated from the pre-season forecast of 348,000 to 400,000. There is not yet enough information to update the Hood Canal chum salmon run size from a preseason forecast of 372,000.

For the period of November 1st – November 7th all areas are closed except as follows:

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 14th. Sockeye, Pink, and all Chinook salmon, must be released. Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are open to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh daily from 7 AM to Midnight through November 14th. Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip daily from 7 AM to 5 PM through November 14th. 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 4 PM Friday to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh size continuously through December 4th, and to purse seines using the 5-inch strip 24 hrs per day from 7 AM Monday until 4 PM Friday through December 4th.

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 4th.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size from 6 AM to 7 PM on Thursday, November 5th and from 6 AM to 4 PM on Friday, November 6th.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from 7 AM to 5 PM on Wednesday, November 4th. 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 1st to 8 AM Monday, November 2nd.
  • 4 PM till 11:59 PM Wednesday, November 4th.

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 Tuesday, 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 Monday, November 2nd and Wednesday, November 4th.

Areas 12 and 12B Hood Canal will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from 7 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday, November 3rd. 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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