Ocean salmon catch quota to increase

OLYMPIA — Higher catch quotas for both Chinook and coho have been established for the state ocean salmon season this year, the Washington Department of Fish &Wildlife reported.

Mark-selected salmon fisheries off the coast of Westport and Ocean Shores will run May 31-June 13. The recreational ocean salmon season for Chinook and hatchery coho starts June 14 in all coastal areas.

Anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release coho and wild Chinook during the mark-selective fisheries. A daily limit of two salmon will be in force during the recreational ocean season, but anglers may retain only one Chinook per day.

Specific fishing seasons and regulations for marine areas and a portion of the Columbia River will be published in the Washington Department of Fish &Wildlife’s North of Falcon website (http:/wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon) within a few weeks, according to Fish &Wildlife representatives.


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