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August 18, 1998
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Ilwaco, Westport to reopen to salmon fishing Sept. 3
OLYMPIA -- Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport (Marine Area 2) will reopen to
sport salmon fishing on Sept. 3 for a one-day season, the Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife announced today.
In addition, the prohibition against salmon fishing within three miles of the coast
will be lifted for the Sept. 3 fishery. That change should allow anglers more opportunity
to catch chinook.
Ilwaco and Westport are reopening to fishing because their salmon quotas have
not yet been reached.
WDFW fishery managers said today 962 coho remain in Ilwaco's 7,000-salmon
quota. There are 725 salmon left in Westport's 7,000-coho quota.
Delaying the new one-day season until Sept. 3 should ensure coho will not be
overharvested in either marine area because managers expect fewer fishers to
Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) remains open with an 8,000-coho quota. The Buoy 10
fishery in the Columbia River also remains open.