Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 29, 2003

Recreational shrimp fishing closing from Seattle to Deception Pass

Action: Recreational shrimp fishing is closed, effective immediately, in Marine Area 9 (including the Port Townsend Shrimp District), until further notice. In addition, recreational shrimp fishing will close Thursday, May 1, 2003, at 9:30 p.m. in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2 and 10, until further notice.

Effective date: Immediately in Marine Area 9. May 1, 2003, at 9:30 p.m. in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2 and 10.

Species affected: All shrimp species.

Location: All waters of Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 10.

Reason for action: The recreational spot shrimp quotas in these Marine Areas will be reached by the effective dates.

Other information: Marine Areas 8-1,8-2, and 9 (outside of the Port Townsend Shrimp District) will reopen in a few weeks for non-spot shrimp only, with a 150 foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Port Townsend Shrimp District will also reopen in a few weeks for non-spot shrimp only, with an area restriction. Refer to the 2003-04 Fishing in Washington pamphlet for a description of that district. Recreational shrimp fishing in Hood Canal will open on May 17.

Information contact: Dave Sterritt, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 ext 228; Rich Childers, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 ext 400; Mark O'Toole, LaConner District Office, (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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