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

September 1, 2011

Lingcod fishing to close Sept. 3 seaward of 124 degrees 30 in Marine Area 2

Action: It is unlawful to fish for, retain, or possess lingcod seaward of 124 degrees30 W. longitude from the Queets River (46 degrees 32.31' N. lat.) to Leadbetter Point (46 degrees 38.17' N.lat) in Marine Area 2.

Effective date: Sept. 3, 2011

Species affected: Lingcod

Location: Marine Area 2

Reason for action: This rule is intended to protect yelloweye and canary rockfish, two species managed under rebuilding plans by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The closure will reduce the amount of yelloweye and canary rockfish that are incidentally caught while anglers are targeting lingcod in deeper water where they are more likely to encounter these species.

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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