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August 14, 2008
Contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2715

Chinook fishing in marine areas 9 and 10
will close at end of the day Friday

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding anglers that the recreational fisheries in marine areas 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will close to the retention of chinook salmon at the end of the day Friday, Aug. 15.

The closure of the mark-selective fisheries for hatchery chinook does not affect recreational fisheries for hatchery coho salmon and other species in marine areas 9 and 10.

“Fishing was slow compared to last year, but it was still a great opportunity for anglers to catch and keep hatchery salmon near a major metropolitan area,” said Steve Thiesfeld, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for WDFW.

As of Aug. 12, anglers had harvested an estimated 4,767 fish in the marine areas 9 and 10.

Earlier this year, WDFW scheduled the chinook selective fisheries in those two areas to run through Aug. 15, or until a combined quota of 7,000 hatchery chinook salmon is reached. The quota for the two areas reflects constraints established under the Endangered Species Act.

Thiesfeld reminds anglers fishing in marine areas 9 and 10 that regulations vary for inner Elliott Bay, Sinclair Inlet and public fishing piers in those two areas. More information on fishing regulations is available on WDFW’s website http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.