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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


September 03, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

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Catch and release required for salmon in Marine Areas 5 and 6 beginning Sunday

OLYMPIA -- Salmon angling will be restricted to catch-and-release fishing in Marine Areas 5 (Sekiu and Pillar Point) and 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca) beginning at 11:59 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 7), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

The restriction applies to all salmon species. The restriction will remain in effect through Sept. 15 when salmon fishing closes in the areas.

Department biologists expect anglers to have harvested the coho catch guideline of 44,000 fish by Sunday.

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) has had a catch-and-release surface fly salmon fishery since Sept. 1. That fishery closes Sept. 14.