Sky To Close For Chinook Retention

(WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE)

Chinook salmon retention ends July 6 on the Skykomish River

Action: Close chinook salmon retention on the Skykomish River.

Effective date: July 6 through July 31, 2010.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the Wallace River.

Reason for action: Chinook broodstock collection at the Wallace River Hatchery is well behind the goal of 3,200. As of June 29, only 547 chinook broodstock have been trapped at the hatchery. The closure of the sport fishery for hatchery chinook on the Skykomish River is necessary in order to fulfill broodstock collection requirements. If the broodstock collection goal is met prior to July 31, the Skykomish River sport fishery for hatchery chinook may resume.

Other information: The Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the Wallace River will remain open for hatchery summer steelhead and all other game fish.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, Region 4 Fish Manager (425) 775-1311

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