Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 4, 2003

Changes in Puget Sound shrimp seasons

Action: Port Townsend Bay and Marine Area 10 will open to recreational fishing for shrimp on April 19. Shrimping will be open two days per week, Saturdays and Thursdays only. Previously, shrimping had been allowed four days per week in these areas.

Effective date: April 19, 2003

Species affected: All species of shrimp

Location: Port Townsend Bay and Marine Area 10 (North end of Vashon Island to Edmonds)

Reason for action: This is a change from the scheduled four days per week open period to two days per week. The change, approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in February 2003, is due to the rapid increase in the number of people fishing for shrimp in these two areas. This increase, coupled with small catch quotas, has created a situation where the fishing opportunity needs to be reduced.

Other information: Shrimp fishing in adjacent areas will open on April 19 for four days per week as listed in the "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Dave Sterritt (360) 796-4601 ext 228; Mark O'Toole (360) 466-4345 ext 241

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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