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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Salmon seasons to be announced possibly by this afternoon

The Pacific Fishery Management Council salmon season setting meetings are in the final stages in Millbrae, Calif., and while nothing definitive has been released yet it appears the coastal salmon fishery will be the bread and butter this summer.

“It is going to be a fantastic season, and we’ll have enough fish to get us through the summer,” said Larry Giese, owner of Deep Sea Charters in Westport who is also attending the meetings. “Nothing has be set yet for any coastal fisheries, but we should know the outcome hopefully by later this afternoon.

Numbers and starting dates haven’t been finalized as of 1 p.m. today, but it looks like the Westport area will have a quota of 11,250 chinook and about 60,000 hatchery-marked coho. It will open June 28 on a five-day-per week schedule (open Sundays to Thursdays) with a two salmon daily limit of which only one may be a chinook.

Around late July the Westport season would be open daily. The closing date for the area would be Sept. 13 if all parties agree on the final decision.

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