Loc: Somewhere on the planet,I hope
Formal notification that went out.
As you are aware, commercial fishing in Willapa Bay began at 12:01am November 1st after being closed for the last half of October for Chum conservation. The predicted season total Chum impact was 4,424 fish based on a predicted run size of ~47,000, which equates to a 9.9% impact rate. The fishery was predicted to have 1,074 Chum impacts in statistical week 45 (Oct. 30th - Nov. 5th), however the Chum catch thru Wednesday, November 2nd was 4,192 fish. With the 505 Chum impacts that were accrued in statistical weeks 37 through 42, our season total impact on Chum salmon has been 4,719 fish and this figure is expected to increase with impacts accrued on Thursday. This situation developed quickly and given that information, the Department enacted an emergency closure of the commercial fishery on 11:59pm Thursday, November 3rd until further notice.
Regards, Annette Hoffmann
Dazed and confused.............the fog is closing in