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

February 10, 2011

Bonilla-Tatoosh Line coordinates revised off Cape Flattery

Action: Define the "Bonilla-Tatoosh Line" as a line projected from the most westerly point on Cape Flattery (48 22.863' N. lat., 124 43.907'? W. long.) to the light on Tatoosh Island, WA (48 23.493'N. lat., 124 44.207' W. long.) then to the light on Bonilla Point on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (at 4835.73' N. lat., 12443.00' W. long.). This change adds coordinates for each reference point to allow for better determination of the boundary line. This rule conforms to the description of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line in federal regulations.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: The rule change impacts all commercial and recreational fisheries that rely on the description of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.

Location: Marine Area 4

Reason for action: The description of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line is essential to differentiating between adjacent management areas located on the northwest coast at Cape Flattery. The current rule does not include latitude and longitude coordinates for each reference point and is not consistent with the description in federal regulation. The changes simplify the description of the line and will make it easier for recreational fishers and enforcement to identify where the line is drawn.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202

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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