THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Action: Closes salmon fishing from a boat in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) weekdays from Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Salmon fishing will remain open daily in Marine Area 11 from fishing piers and shorelines.
Effective date: Effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 17.
Species affected: Salmon.
Location: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island).
Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that under the current daily catch rates, the harvest quota will be exceeded prior to the Sept. 30 season closure. This action is being taken to increase the likelihood of providing a season-long fishery while ensuring compliance with conservation objectives.
Additional information: Anglers can fish for salmon in all other Puget Sound Marine Areas except for Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), and Area 8-2 (Port Susan/Port Gardner).
Marine Area 11 fishing piers that remain open daily through Sept. 30 include Dash Point Dock, Les Davis Pier, Des Moines Pier, Redondo Pier, and Point Defiance Boathouse Dock.
For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2018-19 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.
Anglers can check WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.