Action: Marine area 2-1 (Willapa Bay) and the Willapa Bay Control Zone to re-open for coho and chum salmon fishing. The daily limit is six salmon, up to two adult salmon may be retained. Release chinook.
Effective dates: Sept. 27 until further notice
Species affected: Salmon.
Location: Marine Area 2-1, Willapa Bay Control Zone.
Reason for action: Fall chinook returns to tributaries of Willapa Bay have been significantly lower than preseason predictions and hatchery returns are lower than needed to make egg take at this time. Historic run-timing and stock composition data suggests minimal fall chinook encounters are likely to occur in marine area fisheries.
Additional information: Anglers must stop fishing for salmon after the adult portion of the daily limit is retained.
Managers will continue to assess chinook returns and species composition of marine area fisheries in order to determine if additional actions are warranted.
Information contact: Chad Herring, South Coast Fishery Policy Analyst, (360) 249-1299.