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GREEN RIVER IN KING COUNTY TO CLOSE FOR ALL FISHING
January 14, 2010
(REGIONAL) -- The state Department of Fish & Wildlife has decided to close the lower portion of the Green (Duwamish) River in King County to all fishing beginning Jan. 16, and the upper portion of the river beginning Feb. 1.
All game fish species are affected buy the closure.
Location and effective closure dates:
The lower Green River from the 1st Ave. South Bridge in Seattle upstream to the South 277th Bridge in Auburn will be closed from Jan. 16, 2010, through June 4, 2010.
The upper Green River from the 277th Bridge in Auburn upstream to the Tacoma Headworks Dam will be closed from Feb. 1, 2010, through June 4, 2010.
Reason for action: To reduce incidental mortality of wild steelhead.
The 2009-2010 forecast of wild steelhead returning to the Green River is only 458 fish, well below the spawning goal of 2,000 steelhead. The DFW says the action will reduce the incidental hooking mortalities of wild steelhead.