• Federal Panel Adopts Options for Ocean Salmon Sport Fisheries

    VANCOUVER, Wash. – Anglers fishing along the Washington coast will see a lower catch quota for chinook salmon this year even though the total number of fish expected to return is higher.

    Three ocean salmon-fishing options approved today by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) establish a lower harvest range for chinook to protect weak salmon stocks – particularly those returning to the lower Columbia River. The PFMC establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

    Despite an expected increase in chinook abundance, the federal panel approved tighter restrictions to protect wild salmon stocks and meet conservation goals, said Phil Anderson, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

    “Our first priority is to meet crucial conservation objectives for wild salmon,” said Anderson, who represents WDFW on the management council. “The ocean options approved today are designed to meet or exceed those goals.”

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