OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has
enacted emergency conservation sport and commercial regulations for Puget Sound
The sport regulation immediately closes personal use fishing for herring from
waters in Catch Record Card Area 7 (San Juan Islands) north and west of a line
projected from Gooseberry Point to Point Migley on Lummi Island, then to the
northernmost point of Patos Island, then due west to the intersection of the U.S. -
The other regulation closes the commercial fishing for herring from June 1 to
August 31 in Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Reporting Area 20A. A season was
scheduled to open on June 1.
WDFW fish biologists asked for the closure because herring stocks are
declining in the area.
Bruce Crawford, who heads WDFW's Fish Management Program, said it is
crucial to preserve and protect Puget Sound's herring stocks because they are one of
the basic food items for salmon, sea birds, and other marine species.