Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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December 20, 2012

Sport clam season shortened at Belfair State Park

Action: The sport clam fishing season will open on April 1, 2013.

Effective date: Belfair State Park: April 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013.

Species affected: All clams.

Location: Belfair State Park. This beach is located in Mason County on Hood Canal.

Reason for action: Recreational clamming effort at this beach increased significantly in 2012, and the state's clam share was overharvested, requiring a shorter season in 2013. A clam survey on the newly health-certified portion of this beach will be conducted in March 2013, and a possible season extension may follow, depending on the results of that survey. Oyster season will remain open year-round, including the newly health-certified area.

Information contact: Alex Bradbury, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, (360) 586-1498, ext. 208.

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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