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Contact: Penny Wagner, 360-565-3005
PORT ANGELES, WA: Due to concerns about low river flows impeding salmon migrations, Olympic National Park is closing the Quillayute, Dickey, and Hoh River mouths to fishing beginning Monday, October 16 until further notice. This closure includes portions of each river within the boundaries of Olympic National Park.
The emergency closure is designed to maximize the protection of migrating salmon that are more vulnerable to harvest in treaty and sport fisheries during extreme low-flow conditions. The Quileute Tribe and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are also closing treaty and sport fisheries in the Quillayute and Dickey Rivers. The Hoh Tribe is closing its treaty fishery in the Hoh River.
“The National Park Service provides diverse recreational fishing opportunities while ensuring the preservation and restoration of native fish,” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “With the unusually low flows in these coastal rivers the emergency closure is critical to provide additional protection to migrating salmon.”
The portions of rivers within Olympic National Park will re-open to sport fishing when river flows increase and allow unimpeded upstream migrations by adult salmon.
For more information about fishing in Olympic National Park, including a complete copy of the current fishing regulations, people can visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.
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