THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Salmon fishing to close in marine areas 8-1 and 8-2
Action: Closes marine areas 8-1 and 8-2 to angling for salmon.
Effective date: April 11 through April 30, 2019.
Species affected: Salmon.
Location: Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner).
Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that the total encounters of chinook salmon is approaching the fishery guideline and encounters of legal-sized fish have exceeded preseason predictions. The fishery is being closed to avoid exceeding the allowable limit of total encounters including both retained and released fish, and to control impacts on stocks of concern while ensuring compliance with conservation objectives.