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August 23, 2004
Contact: Pat Pattillo, (360) 902-2705

Wild coho retention allowed at Westport beginning Aug. 29, 2004

OLYMPIA - Recreational salmon anglers fishing out of Westport will be able to retain both wild and hatchery coho beginning Sunday, Aug. 29, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

To compensate for the resulting higher catch of unmarked coho made through management changes, and to stay within conservation limits defined by the federal Pacific Fishery Management Council, the overall coho quota for Westport must be reduced from about 35,000 fish to 10,000 fish.

In making the decision to drop the wild coho release requirement for Westport this year, fisheries managers cited low catch levels compared to recent years and compared to other ports such as Neah Bay, LaPush and Ilwaco, where catches have been quite good this summer. Wild coho must be released at these other fishing areas.

All other current ocean-fishing regulations remain in effect, including daily limits and minimum size requirements.