Coastal salmon fishing dates approved
The State has agreed on the salmon fisheries that they say meet conservation goals for wild salmon and provide fishing opportunities on current levels.
Washington’s 2014 salmon fishing seasons were finalized during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s meeting in Vancouver last week.
“This year’s process had a number of difficult challenges in designing salmon fisheries,” said WDFW director Phil Anderson, “We were able to overcome those challenges through a commitment by all those involved to recover and protect wild salmon stocks while providing meaningful fishing opportunities in Washington’s waters.”
While conservative management plans for salmon assist in aiding salmon recovery, good habitat is the backbone of strong, sustainable fisheries, said Lorraine Loomis, Swinomish Tribe fisheries manager.
“Right now we are losing salmon habitat faster than we can restore it,” she said. “Fortunately, decent returns of hatchery salmon mean that both tribal and non-tribal fishermen will be on the water this year.”
For the coast, the PFMC approved a recreational chinook catch quota of 59,100 fish, an increase of 11,000 fish from 2013. The PFMC also adopted a quota of 184,800 coho for the ocean fishery – about 110,000 fish higher than last year.
The Westport and Ocean Shores fishery for hatchery chinook will be open daily May 31 through June 13. Anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release coho and wild chinook. The fisheries could close earlier if a quota of 9,000 hatchery chinook is reached coast wide.
Recreational ocean salmon fisheries for chinook and hatchery coho will be open June 14. Anglers on the coast will have a two-salmon daily limit, but can keep one chinook per day. Ocean Shores and Westport will close Sept. 30.
More information at North of Falcon at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/ within a few weeks.