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January 8, 2015 at 11:52 AM

San Juan Island hatchery chinook daily limit will be reduced beginning Monday

10013758_10203416967533699_284545744_nSalmon anglers planning a trip to the San Juan Islands in the near future will need to be aware of a looming regulation change state Fish and Wildlife implemented to reduce the high catch rates of chinook.

The current daily limit of two hatchery chinook in the San Juan Islands (Marine Catch Area 7) will be reduced to one chinook daily starting Monday, Jan. 12.

“The catch rates are up, compared to where we were at this date last year (one month ahead), meaning we will possibly run out of wild chinook impacts before the season expires in April, if a reduction of the bag limit did not occur as soon as possible,” said Tony Floor, the director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and member of the state Fish and Wildlife sport fishing advisory board.

Released wild chinook mortality are counted as part of the catch guideline of 7,775 total chinook encounters during the open fishery. State Fish and Wildlife estimates reveal anglers had kept or released 4,060 chinook in Area 7 through Dec. 28.

The San Juan Island salmon fishery will be open through April 30, but could close sooner if the guideline is achieved before then.

 

 

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