Action: Close salmon fishing in the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone, excluding the fishing platform for persons with disabilities.
Effective Date: Sept. 8, 2015, until further notice.
Species affected: Salmon.
Location: Hoodsport Hatchery Zone waters within a 2,000 foot arc seaward of the yellow marker buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek.
Reason for action: Chinook broodstock collection efforts at the Hoodsport Hatchery are well behind the goal (~2,000). As of Sept. 3, only 1,080 chinook broodstock have been trapped at the hatchery. The closure of the salmon fishery contained within the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone will work in conjunction with a tribal fishery closure to fulfill broodstock collection requirements. The salmon fishery may reopen if broodstock collection efforts indicate the goal will be met.
Other information: Hoodsport ADA-accessible handicap fishing platform remains open to anglers with disabilities following the same regulations for the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone regulations found in the sport fishing rules pamphlet. Other waters in Marine Area 12 remain unaffected by this rule change.
Information contact: Mark Downen, (360) 202-7005.