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March 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Hatchery chinook daily limit in North Puget Sound reduced from two to one beginning Wednesday

Starting this Wednesday (March 6), northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9) salmon anglers will be able to keep one salmon daily.

The daily catch limit is two salmon until Tuesday.

State Fish and Wildlife says the number of wild chinook encounters had exceeded the guideline.

“We knew we were going to exceed the (1,615 guideline) of total encounters for legal-size chinook so we needed to address the situation,” said Pat Pattillo, assistant to the director of state Fish and Wildlife.

Except at the Edmonds Pier, anglers in Area 9 may only keep hatchery-marked chinook. through Feb. 24, anglers in Area 9 had kept or released 1,737 chinook.

Northern Puget Sound is currently open daily through April 15 for salmon fishing.

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