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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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August 03, 2007
Contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2715

Chinook fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca will close Sunday, Aug. 5

OLYMPIA — The recreational fishery east of the mouth of the Sekiu River on the Strait of Juan de Fuca (marine areas 5 and 6) will close to retention of hatchery chinook salmon effective Sunday, Aug. 5, at 12:01 a.m., when the catch is expected to reach the season quota for those areas, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Estimates indicate that the chinook quota will be harvested by the end of the day Aug. 4, 2007, said Steve Thiesfeld, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for WDFW.

Immediately following the chinook closure, fishery managers will assess the season’s chinook catch to determine whether any additional chinook can be harvested under the fishery’s 4,000-fish quota, Thiesfeld said.

The closure for chinook salmon doesn’t affect fisheries for hatchery coho salmon and other species.