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ONP proposing minor changes to rec fishing regulations

February 26th, 2014 - 3:18pm

(Port Angeles) -- Olympic National Park is proposing minor changes to recreational fishing regulations within the park. These proposed changes apply to non-tribal, recreational fisheries within the park's boundaries.

Park staff is inviting the public to review the proposed changes.

Comments are being taken online at parkplanning.nps.gov.

You can navigate to the Olympic National Park section through the 'documents by park' section of the website.

You can provide comments or information that may not have been considered in developing these proposals.

The proposed changes to fishing regulations are specific to the Dickey, Hoh, and Quillayute River mouths in the Pacific Coastal Area of the park.

The proposed changes would clarify and simplify park regulations near the river mouths and improve consistency of the park's regulations regarding non-retention of wild fish.

The proposed changes would also eliminate the need for annual changes to gear and hatchery limits since they would conform to State regulations in those areas.

In the proposed changes, annual park gear regulations and daily limits for hatchery salmon and steelhead would be identical to State regulations for areas immediately upstream of the park boundary in those rivers.

Annual park regulations would require the catch-and-release of cutthroat trout and wild coho and Chinook salmon in the Pacific Coastal Areas.

Park fishing regulations take effect on May 1st and will be available at online at the park's website, park visitor centers, and local sporting goods stores.

To be considered in the final decision process, comments must be received by March 24th.

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