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

July 29, 2011

Halibut fishing will close after Sunday July 31 in Marine Area 2 (northern nearshore area)

Action: Close the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 to recreational halibut fishing.

Effective date: 12:00 a.m. Monday, Aug.1, 2011.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 2 (northern nearshore area) from the Queets River (47 degrees 31.70'N. latitude) south to Point Chehalis (46 degrees 58.00'N latitude) and east of a line approximating the 30 fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates:

47 degrees 31.70 N. lat, 124 degrees 37.03 W. long

47 degrees 25.67 N. lat, 124 degrees 34.79 W. long

47 degrees 12.82 N. lat, 124 degrees 29.12 W. long

46 degrees 58.00 N. lat, 124 degrees 24.24 W. long

Reason for action: Federal regulations allow the northern nearshore halibut fishery to remain open until the quota is taken or September 30 whichever occurs first. There is sufficient halibut quota remaining in Marine Area 2 to allow the fishery to remain open through July 31, 2011. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and approved by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Anglers are encouraged to check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website or hotline for information regarding re-openings.

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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