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

May 30, 2013

Recreational spot shrimp fishing to reopen in 2 areas of Puget Sound

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day (Wed. June 5) in Marine Area 8-1 and Marine Area 11.

Effective date: Wed. June 5, 2013:

Marine Area 8-1 is open from 9: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Marine Area 11 is open from 7: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please note that Marine Area 8-2 will not be reopening for spot shrimp, and will be closed to all shrimp fishing on June 5.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass/Hope Island/Skagit Bay) and Marine Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island). See pages 110 and 118 of the Washington Sport Fish Rules pamphlet for area maps.

Reason for action: In Marine Area 8 insufficient quota remains for a standard full day of fishing, so the opening has been modified to take the small amount of remaining quota. This is an experimental opening to determine if smaller amounts of quota can be targeted and harvested by the recreational fishery.

Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing in Marine Area 11.

Other information: Non-spot shrimp seasons are opening in several areas of Puget Sound on June 1. Please see pages 134-136 of the 2013/2014 "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing depth restrictions, pot mesh size rules, and descriptions of the shrimp species.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (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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