Commercial Puget Sound herring fishery

Commercial Puget Sound herring season map

The Puget Sound Commercial Herring Fishery is OPEN. This is a limited entry fishery.  See the map on this page for open areas/dates.

  • The fishery may close by emergency regulation if harvest exceeds 10 percent of adult spawning biomass.
  • Questions? Contact Adam Lindquist at 360-902-2704 or adam.lindquist@dfw.wa.gov

Regulations

A commercial fishery for herring is allowed in Puget Sound waters using Lampara and Dip Bag gear with area, timing, and gear restrictions.

Regulations on commercial fishing for herring in Puget Sound include:

  • Lampara nets shall not exceed 200 feet
  • Lampara nets shall not contain meshes less than ½ inch
  • Logbooks must be fill out for every set and submitted monthly

For information on regulations regarding the commercial Puget Sound herring fishery, see:

Current monthly landings

Month Landings (in pounds)
May 9,500
June 124,850
July 150,375
August 85,240
September 41,025
Total 410,990

Annual landings

Year Landings (in pounds)
2009 583,930
2010 680,961
2011 477,470
2012 562,830
2013 405,190
2014 453,910
2015 675,610
2016 459,040
2017 401,050
2018

528,405

2019 410,990

Average: 512,671 pounds